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October 23, 2015
The Office for Equity and Diversity's Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards program honors and acknowledges diverse students who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom. Of the five University of Minnesota–Twin Cities undergraduates honored, three are UHP students. We're incredibly proud to be so well represented in this exemplary group of undergraduates.
Congratulations are also in order for the other SEED Award recipients, Luna Allen-Bakerian (UMTC/Political Science and GWSS), Kyle Lau (UMTC/Biologoy), Leticia Martinez (UMD/Criminology and French Studies), Ashley Perry (UMD/Psychology), Pajau Vangay (UMTC/Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology PhD), Yolanda Williams (UMTC/Music PhD), and Aaryn Wilson (UMTC/Plant Scienec).
Anish Chandak is a UHP junior pursuing degrees in finance and economics. He is focused on the intersection of the arts and social justice. In 2014, he founded Jazba (a Hindi-Urdu word meaning "passion"), an organization that spreads South Asian cultural awareness through dance. Jazba also raises awareness for South Asian women's empowerment in the Twin Cities community and beyond. Under Anish’s leadership, Jazba also raised money for the non-profit organization, Women In Need (WIN), which works with impoverished South Asian women who have suffered from sexual assault, HIV/AIDS, and leprosy.
Feven Gerezgiher is a UHP junior double majoring in economics and global studies. She is the chair of the Minnesota chapter of Young People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, and has volunteered as an America Reads Literacy Mentor. Some of her areas of interest are closing achievement gaps and advocating for cost-effective housing for the underserved. Her future plans include a focus on global economic development.
Aduramo Lasode is a UHP senior studying mechanical engineering. She believes that by engaging in social justice efforts, she is investing in the academic success of people from underserved backgrounds. She does this through her involvement in organizations like National Society of Black Engineers, Prepare2Nspire, and the North Star STEM Alliance. Within these groups and others, she has served as a mentor supporting students' success in STEM fields. One of her long-term goals is to establish an organization that focuses on guiding and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds, in their preparation for college.