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Students Honored for Latin American Studies Excellence

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium have each recognized Ursinus College students for their scholarship and achievements in Latin American Studies this year. 

Kelly Johnson ’17 received the Janice Bond Memorial Plaque and Award for Graduating Seniors. The award is presented to students from area colleges and universities for general excellence in courses related to Latin America. Johnson, who graduated in May, was a double major in Spanish and peace and social justice.

Susie Zelaya Rivera ’19, a double major in Spanish and environmental studies, earned the Irene Rivera Diaz Award, established to honor the memory of Diaz, who was born in Mexico and immigrated to Texas as a young child with her family. She was an active community volunteer, and was committed to serving the working poor and increasing educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

The awards were presented at the Pan American Day annual scholarship luncheon held at the Union League in Philadelphia earlier this year. The Pan American Association of Philadelphia promotes cultural, educational and social activities designed to increase understanding and cooperation among the peoples of the Americas.

Additionally, Roseangela Hartford ’18 received a travel research grant from the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium for a project titled, “Investigating Political Feminism: Female Leadership in Latin America.” The grant funded Hartford’s one-month research trip to Guatemala in May and June. While there, she worked with the non-profit organization Desarrollo Sostenible de Guatemala (DESGUA) to understand the circumstances that influence female leadership in community development and politics. —By Ed Moorhouse