Sarah Belle Brown Student Award Winner
Student award winner Hien Tran, graduate student, Linguistics (m.) with Sarah Belle Brown (l.) and UNM President Robert G. Frank. Tran volunteers as a mentor at an after school program at Whittier Elementary School, where she helps shape the next generation with excitement and enthusiasm.

The Office of the President recently announced the 2013 Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award winners. This year’s recipients include faculty award winner Jennifer Nez Denetdale, scholar-activist; staff award winner Lawrence Roybal, executive director, ENLACE; and student award winner Hien Tran, graduate student, Linguistics.

These awards have been generously endowed by Doug and Sarah Brown to recognize the volunteer service work done by members of the UNM community for the greater good. The faculty and staff recipients each receive $2,000, while the student recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship.

Denetdale has worked as a scholar-activist since she was a graduate student in the early 1990’s. Her community service work crosses multiple issues, but is primarily concerned with improving the wellbeing of Navajo and Native people. She is also an advocate for strong alliances across race, class and gender.

Roybal is the executive director for the ENLACE Statewide Collaborative, a program designed to increase access, engagement and mentoring for Latino students. Over the years he has been instrumental in the success of thousands of students, and has transformed them and their families.

Tran volunteers as a mentor at an after school program at Whittier Elementary School, where she helps shape the next generation with excitement and enthusiasm. She is a leader that understands through personal experience the obstacles to success faced by the young students she works with.

For more information, visit Sarah Belle Brown Awards