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Carla Montilla Jaimes, 21st Century Student Leader  2021

One of our students, Carla Montilla James,  is a recipient of the 21st Century Student Leader for 2021 which was awarded at the UMass Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2021.  This award recognizes the strong academic record and exemplary achievement of undergraduate students who further distinguished their intellectual accomplishments and enhanced the reputation of the university by contributing to the campus community.

Carla is of Doral, Florida, a Commonwealth Honors College student, completed dual degrees in political science and history. 

Originally from Venezuela, Montilla Jaimes is the first in her family to earn a college degree from an institution in the United States. Proactive and passionate, she served in the Student Government Association, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), and other campus groups, where she amplified the voices of marginalized people. She researched policies to fight hunger and food insecurity as a Sophomores-Serve Scholar. Montilla Jaimes also sought out experiences outside of her rigorous coursework to deepen her knowledge of national and international affairs. Following her sophomore year, she was selected to participate in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences summer program in Washington, DC, where she worked in the office of Representative Jim McGovern. She was selected as a UMass Women into Leadership Fellow during her junior year.  

After a trip to Israel and the West Bank, she founded a student chapter of J Street, an organization that advocates for progressive American foreign policy toward the Middle East. As a senior, Montilla Jaimes helped start the Period chapter at UMass and worked on a pilot program to make free menstrual products available across campus and to address period poverty in Massachusetts. 

Starting this fall, Montilla Jaimes will attend American University’s School of International Service to pursue a master’s degree in ethics, peace, and human rights,  


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Emergency Broadband Benefit  is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) program designed to improve internet connectivity during COVID-19 by providing a $50 monthly discount on broadband services and a one time $100 discount for a device to eligible households. Eligible households include those with any household member who has received a federal Pell grant in the current award year or where any household member receives SNAP.

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org

Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit  (https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-faq-emergency-broadband-benefit) for program updates..