It is with great pride that I share with you the recipients of the 2020 Presidential Award for Civic Life. For over twenty years, Tufts has recognized some of our most inspiring graduate and undergraduate students with the university’s highest honor for outstanding civic leadership and service. This year, we honor 21 individuals for their achievements: 10 undergraduate students and 11 graduate students. Together, they represent every school at Tufts as well as a diverse range of academic disciplines and civic activities.
Whether grappling with healthcare inequities abroad or strengthening diversity and inclusion on campus, this year’s award recipients have tackled complex challenges with innovation and humility. I encourage you to check out the full list of award winners, learn more about their amazing work, and take a moment to watch a special video celebration in their honor on Tisch College’s website at https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/21-students-honored-tufts-presidential-award-civic-life.
Many incredible students were nominated this year, and selecting the winners was a challenge. Thank you to Tisch College and the university-wide review committee for their thoughtful participation, perspectives and collaboration. And special thanks to all those who submitted or contributed to a nomination; you are a crucial part of this tradition.
At a time when we all need a little hope and inspiration, I am inspired by these students’ achievements and by the impact they have had both on and off campus. Please join me in congratulating all of the Presidential Award winners, whose service to our communities has helped create a better, brighter world.
Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2020 Presidential Award for Civic Life:
School of Arts and Sciences
Sylvester Bracey, Africana Studies, 2020
Maureen Kamanu, Community Health & Biology, 2020
Harry Kong, Quantitative Economics & Biology, 2020
Kella Merlain-Moffatt, International Relations & Africana Studies, 2020
Rabecca Musiega, Economics & International Relations, 2020
Leticia Rocha, Clinical Psychology, 2020
Daniela Sánchez, Spanish & Latin American Studies, 2020
Madeline Weir, Film and Media Studies & International Relations, 2020
Seblewongel Yigletu, Community Health, 2020
School of Engineering
April Weintraub, Civil Engineering & Geology, 2020
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tatiana Henry, DVM in Veterinary Medicine, 2021
Rachel Prestigiacomo, DVM in Veterinary Medicine, 2021
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Hiroki Tanaka, MALD, 2020
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Grace Flaherty, MS/MPH in Food Policy & Public Health, 2020
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Cyatharine Alias, MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, 2020
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Camila Barrios-Camacho, PhD in Neuroscience, 2020
Vanessa Yanez, PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, 2020
Graduate School of Engineering
Jessica Stieglitz, PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2020
Sara Wilner-Giwerc, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2022