Four students were selected as the first round of recipients of the Transform Dolores Huerta Scholarship for Social Justice Community Engagement. The students were selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to community engagement, service, and social justice and on their project/ internship’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development.
Join us in congratulating them!
Health, Society & Policy
Cloe Butler is in her last semester at the University, and is double-majoring in Gender Studies and Health, Society & Policy. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, and works to create better access to information for all people. Cloe’s project “Beyond the Birds & the Bees: Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth”with Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center, addresses immigrant and refugee community members’ access to comprehensive sexuality education.
Lauren Harvey is a fourth-year student who wants to use her Ethnic Studies major and experience to help make the justice system more just. Her current project, “Implicit Bias Training for the Utah Sentencing Commission” evidences her long-term commitment to shaping the criminal justice system to be more equitable for communities of color.
Suzanne Leilani Kekoa
Suzanne Leilani Kekoa is a first-year student at the University of Utah, and the first in her family to attend college. She joined Ethnic Studies to make a difference especially among marginalized communities. Suzanne’s work as intern with Davis Behavioral Health focuses on services for marginalized and underserved communities and is seeking ways to better serve BIPOC clients.
Chemistry – Education
Adam Montgomery is a Gender Studies and Chemistry-Education double major in their fourth year. They are creating more equitable and social just classrooms through their internship at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education Queer Celebration Academy class and their field hours in the education department.
The work of each of our scholarship awardees exemplifies the spirit of the Transform Huerta Scholarship. Dean Kathryn Stockton said “We in Transform could not be prouder of the important work our students are doing. Their commitment to social justice community engagement is part of what makes Transform such an exciting place to put scholarship into practice.”
The Transform Huerta Scholarship is possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. Most of the funding for this year was collected during the University of Utah’s U Giving Day Challenge. If you would like to become a donor now, please visit this page and select the method that best suits you.
*Save the date: 2022 U Giving Day is March 1. Be on the lookout for special challenges and opportunities to become part of the Transform donor base!