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Undergraduate Prize Winners

About Susan Cisneros (2023) Heading link

A row of t-shirts, titled the Clothesline Project, hand outside a white building in-between trees. There are white, yellow, and purple mums in front of the display.

Susan Cisneros is a GWS major, with minors in Black Studies and Disability and Human Development. She worked with UIC’s Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) on this year’s Clothesline Project, an interactive exhibit featuring messages of resilience, healing, and hope for individuals and communities impacted by interpersonal violence and abuse. She also tutors and mentors students with the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. Susan describes connecting with GWS as “a journey that teaches you many things such as grieving, healing, creating community and loving.”

About Michael Oliveros (2022) Heading link

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I am extremely excited to be awarded the GWS Undergraduate Prize! Thank you so much for the recognition, I hope to continue to work hard to connect and uplift the GWS community!

About Mads Campbell (2021) Heading link

A person in a blue suit jacket and purple shirt stands outside in front of a tree.

“I’ve started to understand that the rivers, the forests, the stones, are actually extensions of ourselves. Or, we could be extensions of those ecosystems too, and that we’re actually not removed from the set of relationships that build an ecosystem. We’re actually totally embedded in them” (Carolina Caycedo, 2019).

About Huong Trinh (2021) Heading link

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Being a part of the GWS program at UIC not only become a better person but a better activist as well. The professors that I’ve had the pleasure to study under equipped me with an abundance of knowledge that I will now carry with me throughout my personal and professional life.

Earlier Awardees Heading link

2019 Vanessa Guzman, Zain Monthner Dababneh
2018 Siham El-Samahi
2017 Ariana Johnson
2016 Jessica Parrish
2015 DJ Sedlock
2014 Amelia Stamsta
2013 Lauren Bianchi
2012 Nedra Nene White
2011 Reyna Wences
2010 Madison Elsascha
2008 Gabrielle Anderson
2007 Joyce Yin
2006 Elizabeth Vituli
2005 Sadiya Ahmed, Lesley Skousen-Chio
2004 Tania Unzueta