Kate Morgan | May 11, 2017
The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students at the 31st annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 10. These annual awards honor current students who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.
The Rev. A. Leonard Collins, C.S.C., Award, honoring a graduating senior who has made substantial personal efforts to advance the interests of students at Notre Dame, was given to Jessica Pedroza of Phoenix, Arizona.
As a political science major and AnBryce scholar, Pedroza has served as an advocate and organizer of her peers. Motivated by her drive to promote equality of opportunity for all, she was an original member and leader of the Student Coalition for Immigrant Advocacy, providing education, awareness and advocacy for immigration topics on campus. A first-generation college student, Pedroza also co-founded First Generation ND and served as co-president.
Pedroza maintains a deep Catholic faith, which has been instrumental in many aspects of her involvement, but especially in her role as a Senior Anchor Intern in the Office of Campus Ministry. In this position, she organized the Latino First-year Student Retreat to assist in creating a welcoming environment for Latino students. She is also an active volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul, is an ESL tutor for the Community Alliance to Service Hispanics and has participated in numerous service-learning experiences through the Center for Social Concerns.
The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award annually honors a graduating senior whose leadership has significantly advanced the climate of welcome and inclusion within or beyond the University community. This year’s recipient is Bryan Ricketts from Cambridge, Ohio.