Two student leaders recognized by state group

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Two University of Washington Bothell students have received the 2018 Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award from the Washington Campus Compact, a coalition of higher education institutions in the state. Salvador Salazar-Cano received the undergraduate award and Ayva Thomas the award for a graduate student. Both will now be considered for the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award.

Salvador Salazar-CanoWhile a student at UW Bothell, Salazar-Cano has interned at 21 Progress, a Seattle nonprofit for equity and justice; worked as a student assistant in the UW Bothell student diversity center; and served as the first full-time advocate at the Washington Legislature for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell. Salvador-Cano is a senior majoring in society, ethics and human behavior.

Ayva ThomasIn her time at UW Bothell, Thomas has created the North Star Program, which connects UW Bothell mentors with students at Voyager Middle School in Everett, Washington. Because of the partnership, which Thomas hopes will expand to more schools, Chancellor Wolf Yeigh invited Voyager seventh-graders to witness last year’s UW Bothell commencement. Thomas graduated last year with a Bachelor of Arts in community psychology and is currently a first-year student in the UW Bothell Master of Arts in cultural studies program.

The Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award honors recipients for their commitment to leadership on campus and beyond. Part of the mission of the Washington Campus Compact is to support colleges in educating students for civic and social responsibility.