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April Lopez


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Image Credits: April Lopez, Phoebe Chong (October 2018), "I Am An Immigrant/I Stand With Immigrants" Day Tabling
Campaigning for Driver's Licenses in NJ, Busch Student Center​

On May 29, 2020, the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies awarded its inaugural "Dra. Maria Josefa Canino Arroyo Leadership Award" to April Lopez, given April's extraordinary achievements in the face of adversity. The award is presented to a graduating senior in Latino and Caribbean Studies who has demonstrated transformative leadership at the university, local, and global levels and who embodies the intellectual activism central to Latinx Studies.

April Lopez graduated last May from the Rutgers Business School while also completing a major and honors thesis in the SAS Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. She brought together insights and expertise from both fields in her honors project, while remaining committed to advocating for undocumented students and her local and university communities. Her work (both in and out of the classroom) demonstrates the value of an SAS program for professional school students and progressive approaches to business in the world today.

Jonelsy Gonzalez

Jonelsy Gonzalez says the major opened up new worlds of knowledge that spanned politics, culture, history, and literature. She also developed a new depth in her understanding of her family’s Dominican heritage. “Every single topic we covered just stretches your intellect and makes you question your assumptions,” she said. “It’s a whole new learning experience.” 

We're excited to see Jonelsy in the recent issue of SAS News Digest, "Rutgers Celebrates First Generation Students."

We look forward to seeing more from all of our students!