The association of graduates pays tribute to 12 seniors
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The Tufts University Alumni Association held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony on April 5 in the Cabot ASEAN Auditorium at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy to honor the achievements of 12 seniors.
This year, Amma Agyei, Amber Asumda, Emma Downey, Claudia Guetta, Olif Soboka Hordofa, John Cioci Lazur, Ellie Murphy, Joslin “Jos” Regalado, Christian Senecal, Alejandro “Alex” Viveros, Lidya Woldeyesus and Ariel Zedric received awards .
Associate Director of Student and Alumni Engagement Joda Glossnerwho is also the Alumni Engagement Liaison Office with the Awards Committeediscussed the importance of rewards in an email to The Daily.
“Each year since 1955, the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA) has recognized six to 12 members of the senior class for academic achievement…, campus and community involvement, and outstanding leadership,” Glossner wrote.
the Awards Committee Co-Chairs — Peter Brodeur, Peter Bronk and Maria Madison — written in an email Daily that senior nominations are received throughout the year from the entire Tufts community.
“The winners represent the diversity of academic interests, achievements, leadership and, perhaps most central to being a Jumbo, giving back to the community and working to create a better world,” writes Brodeur.
Agyei specializes in biomedical genius and serves as first black woman president of the Tufts Community Union Senate. Previously, she served as an Africana Community Senator, President of the Black Student Union, Africana Center Peer Leader, and SQUAD Pre-Orientation Coordinator. She was also a teaching assistant.
Agyei told The Daily in an interview that she learned many lessons from her time as a student at Tufts.
“I’m not afraid to take on a leadership role because I feel like I’ve been in so many and also [in] very different areas,” Agyei said. “I feel like I’m so much better at time management and also knowing when to say no to certain things.”
Agyei will attend Tufts Graduate School of Engineering for Mechanical Engineering.
Asumda specializes in international relations and specializes in entrepreneurship for social impact. She chaired the first annual Black Women’s Empowerment Conference, served as a Student Fellow on Building Resilience in Immigrant Communities, a scholar Tischpeer leader of the Africana Center and a UN Millennium Fellow. Asumda is also a member of the Diversity Admissions Council and executive coordinator of the Tufts University Social Collective.
Asumda discussed adapting to Tufts in an interview with The Daily.
“At first, I didn’t really know if I belonged in Tufts,” Asumda said. “But throughout the pandemic, throughout my time at Tufts, … I have been able to have the resources to … promote and help the communities that I care about most.”
After graduation, Asumda hope attend law school and become a practicing lawyer in the field of international law.
Claudia Guettawho specializes in community health and sociology, has been involved with numerous social justice organizations and is a program coordinator for the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College. She is also a teaching assistant at MCI-Concord with the MyTERN reintegration program.
Guetta reflected on the sense of community she found at Tufts.
“A big thing throughout my work and time at Tufts has been realizing how important the community is to me,” Guetta said. “When we’re in community, and you have all these different parts that make up the whole thing, you can do so much more and have so much more impact. And I think senior awards are a way of recognizing the community.”
After graduation, Guetta will attend Tufts University School of Medicine and hopes to continue to focus on the intersections between medicine and the prison system.
Olif Hordofa has a double major in mechanical engineering and mathematics. He has been involved in organizations such as Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, and has served on the boards of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Engineering Students Council, and the Math Society.. He was also a founding member of the Association of Eritrean and Ethiopian Students.
hordofa told The Daily in an interview that Tufts helped him navigate the world and its academics.
“Tufts gave me this navigational toolkit for coexisting with people and depending on others, helping each other, and just that spirit of Ubuntu, which is, “I am because we are…I’m the guardian of my brother”.” said Hordofa. “That spirit is something that I think Tufts cultivated in me.”
After graduation, Hordofa will work in the fusion rotation program at Applied Materials and hopes to one day return to school for her doctorate.
Lazur, who majors in anthropology, was involved in the Interfaith Student Council, college chaplaincy, and the CAFE pre-orientation program while at Tufts. Lazur also participated in the Tufts Summer Scholars program, and they are currently working on a senior capstone on Tufts Universalist history.
Lazur told The Daily that their research into the school’s ethical and religious leadership made them feel more connected to Tufts.
“I feel like I really got into Tufts. I feel very involved in the history of the establishment and I really tried to understand a lot of things about this school, so it’s a nice way to recognize that work,” Lazur said. “I’m really excited to be part of the alumni community and to be able to reflect on the school in this way as well.”
This summer, Lazur will be co-coordinator of CAFE and hopes to work in student affairs or religious leadership development.
Regalado is majoring in sociology, with a focus on social inequality and social change, and minoring in dance. At Touffes, Regalado has been involved with ENVY and Roti and Rum, served as a peer leader for the FIRST Resource Center, was a BLAST Fellow, and worked at the Edwin Ginn Library. She was also a research assistant at the DICE Lab.
Regalado hopes to work to provide college access to historically marginalized communities or in youth civic empowerment and engagement.
Regalado said it was an honor to receive a senior award.
“It was more about knowing that there was a whole group of people who were touched by me as a person or in the work that I did, who felt motivated enough to write letters of support for I who convinced a group of former students to choose me next, I think what matters most to me” Regalado Explain.