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April 14, 2022

Dear members of the Tufts community,

It is with great pride that I share with you the recipients of the 2022 Presidential Award for Civic Life.

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.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco

Congratulations to the 19 student recipients of the 2022 Presidential Awards for Civic Life

Undergraduate Students

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

School of Dental Medicine

  • Anshelle Reen Tucker, D.M.D., 2022
  • Charles Hines, D.M.D., 2022

School of Medicine

  • Alex Coston, M.D., 2022
  • Tara Ahmadi, M.D., 2022