Anthropology major Cassidy Cabrera earns Outstanding Service-Learning Award

CUPSWe are happy to announce that Anthropology major Cassidy Cabrera earned the undergraduate Outstanding Service-Learning Award for 2016, which is administered by UVM’s office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS). In fall 2015, Cassidy pursued two interlinked service-learning internships with HungerFree Vermont and the Integrated Arts Academy; she is currently serving as an Service Learning Teaching Assistant (SL-TA) in Prof. Jeanne Shea’s ANTH 290 Methods of Ethnographic Field Work class. Cassidy was nominated by Tom Wilson in the CUPS Office, supervisor of the SL-TA program. He writes:

Cassidy consistently demonstrated excellence in critical thinking and reflection, especially as it related to the ways in which personal and community identities inform—and are informed by—service-learning experiences. She willing to think deeply about her own identities and those of her peers and clients within the community, and regularly asked difficult questions in class discussions and written reflections that challenged the assumptions of both her peers and her professors. Always respectful, she forced the rest of the class to wrestle with some of the biggest dilemmas and challenges that arise in community-based learning.

Congratulations, Cassidy!

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