Nominations for the 2018 Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award are being accepted now through Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. The award was established by Doug Brown, a former UNM Regent and dean of Anderson School of Management, to honor his wife Sarah for her dedication to community service and her compassion for those in need.
Each year an award is given to a faculty member, staff member and student who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to community service by volunteering their time and expertise.
Recipients receive a $1,500 cash award thanks to a generous endowment by Doug and Sarah Brown. If you know someone who selflessly gives to those in need, nominate them today.
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 Tocqueville 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 34 years, Doug, and two grown sons.
To nominate a deserving individual, visit Sarah Belle Brown Community Service award nomination.