Cruz Award Recipients

Current Award Recipients

Maria Dominguez Gray

Class of 1955 executive director of Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard College

“Maria’s leadership of PBHA exemplifies the values that this award celebrates: a commitment to developing deep and sustained community programs that empower the people they serve and to nurturing the next generation of leaders who reflect the diversity of our society and who will lead with a strong moral compass focused on justice” –  Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College
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Previous Recipients

Debra Gibes

Faculty Director of Experiential Learning at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan

“Debra tirelessly continues to advocate for the community through campus engagement and has made a significant impact in our community with a potential to make a global impact in the future.” – Beverly Walker-Griffea, President, Mott Community College
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Chris Nayve

Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Anchor Initiatives at the University of San Diego

“Chris is a person who embodies the values of social justice and care for the common good, for communities locally, in other regions of the United States, and internationally.” – James T. Harris III, President, University of San Diego
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Cynthia Orellana

Director of the Office of Community Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Boston

“Her work holds the community at the center, assuring that the university responds to (rather than imposes on) community partners, while also leveraging the strengths of our students, faculty, and staff.” – Emily McDermott, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston
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