Two LLILAS Students Win Community Engagement Award
Posted: May 17, 2012
Ashley N. García (BA, LAS and RTF) and Allison Ramirez (MA, LAS; MA, Global Policy Studies) will be presented with LLILAS’s Community Engagement Award for 2012, launched in 2011 to recognize students who provide service to their communities at home and in Latin America.
García and Ramirez will be honored during LLILAS-sponsored graduation events and each will receive a cash prize. Between them, they have provided service to five nonprofit organizations in two countries that work with first-generation Latino college students, promote Mexican music and dance, teach English-language learners, advocate for families of those who died or disappeared in El Salvador, and advance workers’ rights in Texas. The award underscores LLILAS’s goal of inspiring students to change the world for the better. This year’s winners embody that principle.
Juliet Hooker, Associate Director of LLILAS and chair of the Community Engagement Award review committee, commented: “Reading these applications is really inspiring; it reveals just how committed and passionate our students are to improving their communities and bringing about social change in Latin America. We were impressed with how Ashley and Allison managed to combine their academic interest in Latin American Studies with time-consuming volunteer work here and abroad related to their majors. LLILAS is extremely proud to have them as our graduates and winners of the Community Engagement Award this year.”