The University of New Mexico Office of the President has extended calls for nominations for the Sarah Belle Brown Award, an accolade that recognizes those faculty/staff/students who are living and working examples of social responsiveness and who have donated considerable personal time and effort advancing the University's public service mission through community service opportunities. The deadline for nominations is now Monday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.
Faculty and staff recipients each receive a cash award of $1,500 and the student recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship, all endowed by Doug and Sarah Brown.
Serving New Mexico is central to the University's mission. Everything UNM does - from education, research, patient care and public service - advances the interests of New Mexico. To support and promote the University's commitment to public service, former Regent and dean of the Anderson School of Management, Doug Brown established the Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award in honor of his wife.
Living a life devoted the community for more than 30 years, the Browns' interest in helping children and Sarah Belle Brown's command of Spanish led her to specialize in teaching English to Spanish-speaking children in the Los Angeles School District. When she and her husband moved to San Francisco, she established a program in that school district focused on assisting newly-arrived immigrant Asian children to adapt to a new culture. While developing this program, she also served as a court appointed special advocate for children in foster care and as board chair for the Children's Home Society, California's largest social services agency.
After relocating to New Mexico, Sarah continued her focus on children's needs as a trustee of Mount Vernon College and joined the founding board of the charter school, Amy Biehl High School. She is a founding member of the United Way of Central New Mexico's Alexis de Toqueville Society, co-founded the UNM President's Club, and co-sponsored a professorship and several fellowships at the Anderson Schools of Management.
In addition to her volunteer work and philanthropic activities, Sarah focuses a great deal of time on her family, her husband of 30 years and two grown sons.
For more information or to nominate an individual, visit Sarah Belle Brown Award.