Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chancellor Honors Students for Civic Engagement

Maricopa Community Colleges’ Chancellor Rufus Glasper awarded 31 students with a Civic Leadership Medallion on May 8, 2015-- including Rio Salado student Daniel Cassidy.

Civic engagement – active involvement in college campus and community life – is a cornerstone of Maricopa Community Colleges’ mission. These students exemplify what it means to be highly engaged.

Chancellor Glasper created the award to acknowledge these students and to encourage others to follow their example. This honor highlights students’ effective civic participation and leadership as a central goal and function of higher education.

Rio Salado Scholar Daniel Cassidy recently completed his last class at Rio Salado and plans to graduate from Arizona State University in May, 2016 with a degree in Political Science, with the hope of attending law school immediately thereafter. He has a particular interest in constitutional and health law and eventually would like to work with indigent populations on legal matters.

Cassidy has been engaged in a wide range of civic activities throughout the current academic year and is planning to run for a state legislative seat during the 2016 elections.

"Daniel Cassidy is deserving of the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion not only due to his engagement with many activities, but also because his efforts to make inroads through action and advocacy are exactly what this award is designed to promote," said Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian, who submitted a letter of recommendation on Cassidy's behalf.

To be considered for this honor, students must demonstrate broad general and educational contribution to the campus and community and increase students’ and community involvement in governmental processes (i.e., public policy). They must help grow awareness about critical community and political issues or ones that expand students’ and community members’ capacity for leadership and political efficacy.

Congratulations to Daniel Cassidy and all of the 2015 honorees for their outstanding achievements!

Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at or 480-517-8656 for more details about the Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion award.

Photo 1: Chancellor Glasper with Civic Leadership Medallion scholars.
Photo 2: Chancellor Glasper, Daniel Cassidy, Deanna Villanueva-Saucdeo and Alberto Olivas from the MCCCD Center for Civic Participation.