Students Honored for Community Engagement

ACT awardees

The Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning recently honored 22 students with the Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award for their efforts connecting academic work and community engagement in transformative ways. Students are nominated for this award by faculty members who teach courses designated either as Civic Engagement or Service-Learning.

Carol Soules, associate director of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning and chair of the awards committee, said, “It is a tremendous privilege to receive the faculty members’ nominations and to hear about the incredible work being undertaken by our students that impacts their own learning, the learning of other students and supports the work of our many community partners throughout the Pioneer Valley.”

The awardees, who represent 15 different academic departments, are:

Nargis Aslami, women, gender, sexuality studies

Tyler Barron, sustainable food and farming and Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC)

Brian Bevilacqua, English and journalism

Emily Devenney, public policy

Olivia Espinoza, social thought and political economy

Maria Fallavollita, public health

Jonah Frielich, economics and psychology

Catherine Gensler, food science

Benjamin Green, natural resource conservation

Amy Halliday, history

Kristie Herman, psychology and BDIC

Sarah Kurvilla, public health

Henri Jean Claude, economics

Danielle Lewis, psychology and public health

Ashley McElhinney, environmental science

Chelsea Miller, history

Joseph Newton, economics

Janis Michelle Nikfarjam, sustainable food and farming

Shelby Ripa, psychology

Courtney Stacey, BDIC

Jaclyn Weston, nutrition

Tova Weinronk, public health

More information: cesl.umass.edu