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Published on April 25, 2017

Polisci student Sierra Colon receives the César Chávez Distinguished Service Award

Sierra (center) surrounded by family love during the Award Ceremony. At her right aunt Migdalia, abuela Carmen and at her left abuela Gina and her proud mom Denise.

We are very proud to announce that the 2017 student recipient of the César Chávez Distinguished Service Award is our fellow Political Science student, Sierra Colon! We wanted to showcase some of Sierra's many achievements that lead to her receipt of the award. Sierra has worked as an intern with the Department of Environmental and Energy Projection, where she composed a bill for disposal of mercury thermostats to be reviewed by the legislature. She has also advocated for affordable tuition at college appropriations meetings hosted by state representatives as well. Last summer, Sierra was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, that allowed her to complete a two-month internship in Cape Town, South Africa, working on agriculture reform and social justice issues within the community. Notable is also her four-year devotion to the Organization of Latin American Students, where she created the annual Latin Fest, a celebration of Latin culture and the merge of cultures in the United States. We are very proud to have such an engaged student in our department and at our University, a big CONGRATULATIONS SIERRA!!!

Written by Phillip Hoeps