Seven graduating seniors have been selected as recipients of the eighth annual Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research in the Undergraduate Division of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prizes were awarded to the following graduates:
Nathan Bickart, Conservation and Resource Studies major, Music minor, was given an award to partner with local residents of Richmond and San Pablo to construct raised bed community gardens and work to restore the natural ecosystem of the Wildcat Creek riparian corridor.
Gabriel Cortez & Natasha Huey. Gabriel Cortez (Rhetoric major), and Natasha Huey, (Interdisciplinary Studies Field major, Creative Writing minor), were given a joint award to create and facilitate a series of spoken word workshops and open mic poetry events with local homeless youth.
Luis Flores, Political Economy, History double major, was given an award for a multifaceted project aimed at engaging the neighboring communities of Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California in "conversations of coexistence."
Reginald James, African American Studies, Political Science double major, City and Regional Planning minor, was given an award to organize a UC-wide Afrikan/Black Student Media Collective.
Kazooba Kawamara, Political Science major, was given an award for his project creating a database for tracking orphans in the Ntoroko district of Uganda in order to connect them with social services provided by the government and NGOs.
Maya Weir, Peace and Conflict Studies major, was given an award to develop a social justice project that seeks to expand access to yoga in marginalized communities in the East Bay.