Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rio Students Awarded Civic Leadership Medallions


Meet Angela Lopez and Anne Prafada, the two Rio Salado College students who received the 2016 Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion.

The chancellor awards medallions each year to Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) students for their engagement in and contributions to the community. To be eligible, students must demonstrate proof of the completion of qualifying civic leadership activities during the academic year.

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Chancellor Harper-Marinick and Angela Lopez
Lopez participated in a number of community activities during the past two years. These activities included being a member of the Tempe Historical Museum Advisory Board, the Tempe Neighborhood Advisory Commission, and serving as a bilingual (English and Spanish) docent of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

“I am both humbled and grateful to be recognized for service to the community,” Lopez said. “I am also honored to be among those who are passionate about giving to others and who strive to make a positive difference.”

Additionally, Lopez is active in the written and visual arts. She has served as both a subject matter expert and a peer reviewer for Grand Canyon University in the areas of English composition, critical theory, and the process of writing.

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Chancellor Harper-Marinick and Anne Prafada
Prafada was recognized for her participation in the MCCCD Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) during which she advocated before elected leaders for better student loan rates for college students.

She also developed an interest in mental health awareness, especially for youth in the criminal justice system.

“Being part of SPPF helped me to explore what I want to focus on down my career path,” Prafada said. “I have an intrinsic motivation to care for those with mental health challenges through advocacy.”

Prafada attributes her interest in civic leadership to wanting to be a role model for her three children.

“My greatest aspiration is to be a mom who inspires and encourages her children to strive for greatness realize their full potential,” Prafada said.

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For more details about the Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion award and Student Public Policy Forum, visit this web page or contact John Bastian at 480-517-8656 or john.bastian@riosalado.edu.


By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Photo 1 left to right: MCCCD Center for Civic Participation (CCP) ambassador Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, Angela Lopez, MCCCD Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Anne Prafada and CCP ambassador Lawrence Robinson.