Recipients of these prizes have demonstrated exceptional leadership in and commitment to community service and endeavors to make Tufts more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable.
The Association of Tufts Alumnae 75th Anniversary Award honors students who have provided meritorious service to the community.
Vivian Kim (A21) brings her work ethic, energy, and overachieving nature to her service towards Tufts and the broader community. Vivian works to serve others directly, mentoring young girls in the surrounding community and working to include all voices in small group discussions in Tufts physics classes. Motivated by a desire to help others, Vivian has engaged with larger service efforts, developing a racial equity-based curriculum for an after-school program and helping run a journal that highlights inequities in health care.
The Gemma Cifarelli Memorial Scholarship honors good academic standing combined with participation in activities of importance to the university.
Kamar Godoy (E22) has exhibited deep commitment to peer mentoring and inclusive, student-centered practice. He has made transformative contributions to the mechanical engineering, physics, and astronomy communities at Tufts, helping with programming, providing student support, and working with faculty and teaching assistants to increase equity and student agency in courses. He is also dedicated to access and inclusion outside of Tufts, conducting outreach to spark intellectual curiosity among students in the greater Boston community.
Committed to quality education for all, Claudia Guetta (A22) has been a leading force in the Tufts University Prison Initiative (TUPIT). She played a major role in the creation of the Education Re-entry Network (MyTERN), a certificate program that provides education and mentorship to and by those impacted by the criminal justice system. Claudia has also garnered exceptional academic accomplishments, receiving a Laidlaw Research Fellowship, working in a research lab, and earning early acceptance to Tufts Medical School.
Linnea Otto (A22) is a Child Study and Human Development major committed to improving access to education. Throughout her three years at Tufts, she has been devoted in her work with Jumpstart, an early education nonprofit serving preschoolers in underserved communities. She has also worked on an education project in Panama. In addition to maintaining academic excellence and supporting herself financially, Linnea has contributed significant energy and enthusiasm as a volunteer for numerous organizations and initiatives.
The Community Service Award recognizes exceptional community service to Tufts or the larger community.
Ana Brasil (A21) displays outstanding commitment to the immigrant communities at Tufts and across Greater Boston. Beyond her leadership of the Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad / Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, a group dedicated to community service, Ana interns at the Somerville City Hall office of immigrant affairs, helps raise donations for the legal defense of immigrants, and volunteers as a Portuguese and Spanish translator for a legal clinic. Ana tutors and mentors immigrant high school students while maintaining high academic achievement and working over 20 hours a week as a legal assistant.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Service Award (formerly the Multicultural Service Award) recognizes an undergraduate who has made significant efforts to define Tufts as a multicultural environment.
Kareal Amenumey (A21) is a leader whose intellect and dedication greatly elevates the gravity and stakes of classroom discussion. A longstanding contributor to the Women’s Center, Amenumey has left their mark in the creation of a more inclusive campus by facilitating the POC Circle and spearheading new initiatives that allow people to connect at a distance during the Covid-19 pandemic. In their scholarship and organizing activities, they have been a trailblazer in building discussion surrounding the topics of food, nutrition, and justice on this campus.
The Tufts University Alumni Association Award recognizes a student who has enhanced the traditions and embodies the spirit of Tufts.
A dedicated member of the Tufts theatre community, Nikki I. Ziebelman (A21) is a Biology major and certified EMT who will enter Columbia Nursing School in the fall. Spirited and ebullient, she has a seriousness of purpose and deep sense of compassion that will serve her well in her chosen field. At Tufts she has been Treasurer of Torn Ticket II and has engaged deeply with theatre, working as an actor, costume designer, stage manager, producer and house manager.
The Pride on the Hill honors students who, through community involvement, artistic expression, written work or scientific research, have contributed the most to an understanding at Tufts of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans identities during the preceding academic year.
Hasan Mansoor Mohammed Khan (A22) has been a leader serving the LGBTQ community at Tufts, exhibiting a dedicated focus on the Queer Muslim community. Hasan developed a social media campaign to connect with Queer Muslim leaders in the broader community, and helped create a Desi Queer group in collaboration with other centers at Tufts. He has supported first-year students as a Resident Advisor and as peer leader in the pre-orientation program Conversation Action Faith and Education (CAFE). Hasan will attend Tufts Medical School.
Jo Michael Rezes (PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Study) is a scholar and artist whose contribution to researching and making theatre about queer, non-binary, and trans lives is exceptional. Jo developed a Tedx Tufts talk about the relationship between gender and theatre, and directed a powerful virtual performance of the Trans Play of Remembrance to honor the lives and legacies of trans people. Their thesis and dissertation projects show an unwavering commitment to celebrating the lives of LGBT people and building community across difference.