For over twenty years, Tufts has recognized some of our most remarkable graduate and undergraduate students with the University’s highest honor for outstanding civic leadership and service. This year, we honor 19 individuals for their achievements: 6 undergraduate students and 13 graduate students. Together, they represent a diverse range of academic disciplines and types of civic engagement.
Whether advocating for continuing education in refugee communities abroad, tackling housing inequities in the Boston area, 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 and learn more about their amazing work on Tisch College’s website.
Many incredible students were nominated this year, and selecting the winners was as difficult as ever. Thank you to Tisch College and the University-wide review committee for their thoughtful participation, perspectives, and collaboration. And a special thank you to all those who submitted or contributed to a nomination. Together, you are an integral part of this tradition.
I am continuously inspired by our students’ achievements and the impact they have on campus and beyond, as I’m sure you are as well. Please join me in congratulating all the 2022 Presidential Award honorees, whose service to our communities has helped create a better, brighter world.
Congratulations to the 19 student recipients of the 2022 Presidential Awards for Civic Life
Schools of Arts and Sciences, and Engineering
Amber Asumda, International Relations, 2022
Claudia Guetta, Community Health and Sociology, 2022
Emma Downs, Political Science and Theater & Performance Studies, 2022
Jay-Miguel Fonticella, Biology, 2022
Leanne Loo, Anthropology, 2022
Maycon Cesar de Paula Santos, Engineering Psychology, 2023
Graduate and Professional Students
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Cora Evans, D.V.M. in Veterinary Medicine, 2023
The Fletcher School
Delia Burns, MALD, 2022
Lark Escobar, MALD, 2022
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Ricardo Moreno, MS in Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs, 2022
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Joshua McLinden, MA in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, 2022
Qimei Liu, MA in Diversity and Equity Leadership, 2022
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Logan Schwartz, Ph.D. in Mammalian Genetics, 2023
Iris Montes, Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, 2025
School of Engineering
Avis Carrero, Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2025