CSUSM Honors Outstanding Human Development Graduate Students

Diana Lopez, B.A., Human Development

Dean’s Award, College of Education, Health and Human Services

A first-generation college student struggling with her cultural identity, Diana was embarrassed to speak Spanish in front of her friends until her second year at CSUSM. Helped by the university’s and the department’s celebration of diversity, she built her fluency in English and demonstrated a drive and sense of leadership.

Last year, she served as the president of the student-led Human Development Club, and she has volunteered many hours to local community organizations helping culturally diverse youth and their parents, all while working to put herself through college.

Diana plans to continue her education and is applying to master’s programs in social work.

1920_alexa-177127Dean of Students Outstanding Leadership Award

Alexa Diaz, B.A., Human Development and Spanish

Dean of Students Outstanding Leadership Award

Alexa is an outstanding scholar whose true passion is helping others. During her first year, she was initiated into the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and later elected president of the CSUSM chapter.

During her second year, she joined the Tukwut Leadership Circle, the campus’ leadership certificate program, and her service has been recognized by UNESCO for the last three years. Last year, she because the lead for the TLC Peer Leadership Team; in total, she has served over 3,000 hours in support of TLC students.

Alexa also has begun to explore the world of teaching at the college level. After receiving training covering student development theory and research on first-year student college success, First-Year Programs hired her as an instructional student assistant to serve as a GEL 101 peer educator.


Media Contact

Brian Hiro, Communications Specialist
Office of Communications
bhiro@csusm.edu | Office: 760-750-7306

Marilyn Huerta, Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
College of Education, Health & Human Services
mhuerta@csusm.edu | Office: 760-750-4306

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