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CMAS Congratulates MAS Major for Receiving Tower Award

Posted: May 1, 2014
Image courtesy of Alma Buena

Image courtesy of Alma Buena

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) is proud to announce that MAS major Alma Buena was awarded the prestigious Tower Award by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Only students who perform exemplary service to the university and its surrounding communities during their undergraduate degree programs are selected for this honor. Ms. Buena is a senior undergraduate in the Center of Mexican American Studies and a recipient of the Americo Paredes Scholarship. Her senior honors thesis entitled "Asserting Citizenship - The State of Native American and Immigrant Women in the US through VAWA" examines the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as a tool to further the citizenship-making capacity of Native American and immigrant women. She argues that through the assertion to live a life free of violence, Native American and immigrant women engage in the process of citizenship-making. In her service activities, she works with the Native American and Indigenous Students Association, Alma de Mujer, Undocumented Longorns, the Hutto Detention Center, AISD student tutorial programs, and the Center for Mexican American Studies, among others. A true public servant and scholar, please join us in congratulating Ms. Buena in this fine achievement on the eve of her graduation with a double major in Mexican American Studies and Government.

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