Nominations for the Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award are being accepted from now until Sept. 30.  

Every year, the Sarah Belle Brown Award is given to one faculty member, staff member, and one student. These individuals must have contributed a great amount of personal time to the public service mission at The University of New Mexico.

If selected, recipients will receive $1,500 in cash. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 30, but self-nominations will not be considered. Click here to submit a nomination.

History of the Sarah Belle Brown Award
To honor his wife, UNM Board of Regent’s President and former dean of the Anderson School of Management Doug brown has created the Sarah Belle Brown Award. Although Sarah Belle Brown has a busy schedule, she still makes time for her family life; and makes certain to spend time with her husband and two grown sons.

She has also demonstrated outstanding community service in New Mexico and California, working in an emergency room of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, tutoring Watt’s elementary school children in her college years and volunteering as a Head Start in Martin City after her graduation.

After working with children, Sarah decided to become a teacher. She taught all Spanish-speaking classes in Los Angeles, slowly teaching the children English. This prepared them for English speaking classes in the future. Once moving to New Mexico, she managed a café which always employed at least one person who was homeless. Sarah encouraged her employees to get their college degrees while working with her.

Sarah’s community service in Santa Fe and Albuquerque is board level, where she has served at The National Hispanic Cultural Center and Foundation, Tamarind Institute, NM Appleseed and The Lensic performing arts center. Sarah has also served on the boards of Women’s International Study Center, Amy Biehl Charter High School, CNM Foundation, Mt. Vernon College Trustees in Washington, D.C., chairwoman of Children’s Home Society of California and chairwoman of Chinatown After-School Program for Cantonese-speaking children in San Francisco.

For the Sarah Belle Brown Award, community service is defined as service which is outside of one’s professional or academic assignment at UNM. Faculty must be tenured or on a tenure-track, clinical educator or lecturer. Staff must be employed at least .50 FTE and passed the probationary period. Students may be undergraduate or graduate but must be in a degree program taking a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Click here to submit a nomination for the Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award.

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