Congratulations to our SIS faculty, alumni, staff, and student awardees of 2017!
- SIS Winners of University Awards
- SIS Faculty Awards
- SIS Staff Awards
- SIS Undergraduate Student Awards
- SIS Graduate Student Award
- SIS Doctoral Student Award
- SIS Winners of External Award
Outstanding Service to the University Community
As Director of the Kennedy Political Union, Valeria Ojeda-Avitia brought in a diverse array speakers like rapper Common, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Anita Hill, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Ojeda-Avitia's most impactful contribution may have been as campaign manager of Student Government's TurboVote campaign. TuboVote registered 1,000 AU students to vote during the 2016 elections. "I personally was very passionate about TurboVote because I am a daughter of immigrants. I'm really glad that our team registered so many students because we made it that much easier for peers to be civically engaged," Ojeda-Avitia said.
Bruce Hughes Student Achievement Award
Monica Emma made it her goal to steer students toward a more sustainable campus. Emma co-founded the Zero Waste Club, which teaches AU students about contamination and waste on campus through student-led events on campus. Through that work, Emma helped start Project Move In/Out, which encouraged students to donate or sell back unwanted clothing and furniture at the end of the school year. Emma's commitment to sustainability impacted the DC community, as she led an AU team to victory in the "Power to Save Energy" competition. "To have this work noticed by the university through the Bruce Hughes Award, an award that recognizes the leadership and service of students in memory of a man who himself lived these values, is an amazing honor," Emma said.
Carlton Savage Student Achievement Award
Than Htut (Anthony) Aung will receive the Carlton Savage award for promoting intercultural understanding. Aung resurrected the International Student Association and served as vice president of the Asian American Student Union. Aung worked to bring everyone to the table by facilitating events like Asian Pacific Islander Role in the Black Lives Matter Movement, Colors of Southeast Asia, and Indonesia in ASEAN Day. "I felt that it was important to have the Asian American Student Union collaborate with other groups, especially with other Asian organizations, because they all share the same desire-the desire to create a home for everyone studying at American University," Aung said.
Fletcher Scholar Student Achievement Award
Emily Christine Grace Dalgo will receive the Fletcher Scholar Award for her academic research, socially conscious creative writing, and her commitment to food security on campus. Dalgo drafted a proposal to create an AU food pantry, which is currently being developed. "AU isn't immune to classist stigmas of poverty and hunger that cause silence around these issues, so I wanted to take action to try to change the conversation and help students who have struggled with food insecurity feel heard and understood," Dalgo said.
Kinsman-Hurst Student Achievement Award
Megan Madeira will receive the Kinsman-Hurst Award for her leadership of different organizations on campus. As president of the School of International Service Undergraduate Council, she created the Students Outreach and Aid for Refugees committee to work with refugees in the DC area. Madeira also organized and co-led a successful three-week Alternative Break to Rwanda with 10 undergraduate and graduate students to learn about women and youth development in a post-conflict environment.
See a full list of University Student Award winners across all schools.