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Harold Johnson Award Guadalupe Mabry

2020 Harold Johnson award winner Guadalupe Mabry

A student who has contributed most to promoting understanding and acceptance of cultural and racial diversity within the University community.

Hometown: Guadalupe, Arizona

Major/College: Public Health, College of Arts & Sciences

Guadalupe was always interested in medicine, but she also wants to use her knowledge to help her community. That’s what attracted her to the field of public health, and it has also been the focus of her intense involvement in student life at AU.

Guadalupe Mabry connects issues of health and equity every day – whether she’s leading in-depth conversations on race, privilege and culture, planning an Alternative Break around identity and health, or analyzing calcium signaling for a study on the formation of kidney stones. 

For two years, Guadalupe has been involved at AU’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), serving as a dialogue facilitator, creating an inclusive peer-to-peer sex education program and researching the impact of internalized oppression on health. She also co-created an interactive workshop session, “Love in Color: QTOPC (Queer and Trans People of Color) Storytelling” presented at AU and at the 2020 Creating Change Conference – the largest LGBTQ conference in the country, where it earned rave reviews from participants. As CDI’s Health Equity intern this past semester, she has focused on creating culturally competent peer-to-peer sexual education content for students of color and LGBTQ students.

Guadalupe has also served as a Resident Assistant; was an International Correspondent for the Institute for Study Abroad, bringing her LGBTQ+ perspective to her studies in Manipal, India; and has been active in numerous organizations, including the Black Student Union, WVAU student radio, and President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

She’s done all this as part of the Public Health Scholar cohort in AU’s three-year accelerated program.

As one staff member who worked with her said, “We are so lucky to have had Guadalupe on our campus!”