Joslin Award Recipients 2011

Dena Perri Adler
Max H. Clermont
Chaney Luke Harrison
Arthur Adam Matuszewski
Alica Cepeda Maule
Ari Shalom Motzkin Rubenstein
Marco Antonio Sanchez Junco
Meara Priyanka Sharma
Cara Lea Smith
Chelsea Elizabeth Waite

Dena Perri Adler is from New York City, New York and will be receiving an A.B. in Environmental Studies with honors. Throughout her Brown career, she has demonstrated the strength and capacity of her compassion, drive, and devotion. She has been actively involved in the Sustainable Food Initiative (SuFI), overseeing significant growth and expansion in its market share program, and was the Managing Editor of Watershed: Journal of Environment & Culture. She has also been a trip-leader for the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program; served as community service chair for St. Anthony Hall, Brown’s co-ed literary fraternity; and been a University tour guide for the Bruin Club. Outside of campus she received an Udall Scholarship and worked for Round River Conservation Studies establishing a student conservation program in Wyoming. Over the next two years she plans to continue gaining experience working on environmental issues domestically and internationally before pursuing further degree work in law and environmental management.

Max H. Clermont was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and will be receiving an A.B. in Community Health. Throughout his time at Brown, Max has been at work enhancing the experience of community and finding ways to encourage participation. He has been very active in the Third World community and Imani Jubilee, holding both formal and many informal roles, including serving as an MPC Friend. He has worked with Admission on minority recruitment efforts and in the planning and organization of A Day on College Hill. In January 2010, he played a critical role in organizing Brown’s response efforts to the earthquake in Haiti, brainstorming ways to mobilize various campus resources in order to support relief efforts and organizations on the ground. Max was also selected by Brown to serve as a Presidential Host and is a member of the Class of 2011 Senior Gift Committee. Max is enrolled in the 5-year AB/MPH program here at Brown and is seeking to strengthen his training in and deepen his understanding of social change, global health and education, and community organizing.

Chaney Luke Harrison is from Gainesville, Florida and will be receiving an A.B. in Education and in Public Policy and American Institutions. Chaney volunteered as a paramedic with Brown EMS, worked as a Head Writing Fellow, started for the Brown Men’s Rugby Football Club, and served in the roles of Leader, Manager, and Mentor with the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program. Chaney gave voice to Brown students who are veterans, organizing the Brown University Student Veterans Society and reinvigorating Brown’s annual commemoration of Veteran’s Day. He served on the University Resources Committee, the Brown University Community Council, and the Committee on R.O.T.C. He received an Oliver Kwon Research Award and a Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship for his work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to Brown, Chaney served on active duty in the United States Air Force and has continued his service through the 306th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Following graduation in December, Chaney is expecting to deploy to Afghanistan to conduct search and rescue missions. Upon returning he plans to work in the public sector.

Arthur Adam Matuszewski is from Rockaway, New York and will be receiving an A.B. in Africana Studies. Through his involvement on the College Curriculum Council, University Resources Committee and Swearer Center Advisory Board, Arthur has helped shape the future direction of Brown. Through his work as the Independent Study Coordinator at the Curricular Resource Center, a Writing Fellow, and a Sophomore Matched Advising Program (MAP) Advisor, he has enabled his peers to make the most out of their Brown education. Arthur has also established sustainable connections between Brown and Rhode Island’s Adult Correctional Institutions through founding Brown Education Link and volunteering with Space in Prison for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE) and Youthbuild Providence. Arthur received a Slavery and Justice Undergraduate Research Award, an Arlene Rome Ten Eyck & Peter H. Ten Eyck Prize from the English Department, and a Swearer Center Royce Fellowship. Arthur is a stain glass artist and plans to spend the summer returning to his roots working in a local stained glass studio in Rockaway while looking for work in design firms and contemplating further graduate study.

Alicia Cepeda Maule is from Chicago, Illinois and will be receiving her A.B. in Africana Studies. Alicia is passionate about empowering individuals to make positive change from a position of confidence and assurance about their rightful place in their communities and the world. She has worked tirelessly as a member and leader within Brown’s Third World and LGBTQ student communities, including serving as a Minority Peer Counselor (MPC), MPC Coordinator, MPC Friend, coordinator for Brown’s first Black Lavender Experience, and Pride Month Coordinator. She has also tutored with the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring & Enrichment program, mentored through CityGirls, and been involved with The HistoryMakers, an African-American oral history archive project. Alicia founded and is currently the executive director of MAINGREEN.TV, an online creative community that profiles artists and social activists. Alicia received the Honorable Mention for the Student Leadership Citation for Fostering Understanding in 2010. This summer Alicia will be working for Columbia Records. Afterwards, Alicia will be undertaking the expansion of MAINGREEN.TV and pursing entrepreneurial endeavors.

Ari Shalom Motzkin Rubenstein is from Saratoga Springs, New York and will be receiving an A.B in Hispanic Studies, Language and Linguistics. Ari has been an active contributor to the Brown community since he arrived in 2007. He served as the Executive Director of EmPOWER, was a member of the leadership for the Meiklejohn peer academic advising program, and was a teaching assistant for the Center for Environmental Studies. He is also a member of the Brown Derbies, an all-male a cappella group, and a Hebrew School Teacher at the Temple Beth-El. Ari was a founding force behind the Beyond the Bottle Campaign at Brown. Beyond the Bottle not only educated the campus community about the environmental and economic consequences of purchasing bottled water, it also accomplished a 50% reduction in bottled water consumption in one year. This summer, Ari will lead a four-week language learning program for high school students in Barcelona with Overland Programs. He will then begin training for a year with Green Corps through which he will work in various communities across the United States to run environmental campaigns.

Marco Antonio Sanchez Junco is from Guadalajara, Mexico and will be receiving an A.B. in International Relations and East Asian Studies. First as a mentor and then as a coordinator, Marco ensured the success of the International Mentoring Program and International Orientation during a period of significant transition for the programs and was instrumental in working with Brown to implement significant improvements. This past year Marco also strengthened connections between international students and the broader Brown community through his participation in the student advisory board of the Third World Center. Marco was also a physical education instructor with the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, taught English and Spanish at the MET Family Literacy Program, and was a member of Brown’s hip-hop dance group. Marco will spend this summer as a project manager in the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services at Brown to continue implementing improvements to the international student experience. Marco then plans on pursuing a career in diplomacy and public services.

Meara Priyanka Sharma is from Sharon, Massachusetts and will be receiving an A.B. in Comparative Literature. Meara understands and taps the power of the arts as a vehicle for social change. She taught theatre at the William D’abate Elementary School afterschool program; edited Paper & Pixel, Brown’s photography magazine; was a photography editor for the Brown Daily Herald; and performed as a member of the Badmaash Dance Company. She was instrumental in the organization of the Arts in the One World Conference at Brown. She has also been a Meikeljohn peer academic advisor and directed South Asian Identity Week. Last summer, she traveled to Rwanda to research arts initiatives contributing to reconstruction and reconciliation in the wake of the 1994 genocide. After graduation, Meara will research freedom of expression in the realm of the arts in Rwanda as an AT&T New Media Fellow. From this work she plans to make a short documentary as well as a text and multimedia project. Beyond the summer, Meara will continue to explore the creativity that emerges out of conflict and hopes to fuse her passions for storytelling and social engagement through film, writing, and performance.

Cara Lea Smith (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) will be receiving an A.B. in Science and Society. Cara is an active and involved citizen at Brown, in Providence, and in the world. At Brown, she served as President of Brown’s Women’s Rugby Football Club, successfully leading the team to the Ivy League championship and being a significant source of support and encouragement for her individual teammates. She has sung in the Brown chorus; accompanied students safely home at night as part of SafeWalk; participated in the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, raising awareness about domestic violence, rape, and assault; and served as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology department. In the community she tutored at St. Patrick’s Middle School and coached the Science Olympiad team at Nathan Bishop Middle School. Cara is the co-founder of AIDS Relief International and successfully secured a Starr Fellowship from Brown to spend a summer working on its pilot program in Mumbai, India. Cara will be applying to Medical School for 2012 and will hopefully continue her work in India.

Chelsea Elizabeth Waite (Los Gatos, California) will be receiving an A.B. in History with honors. She is fluent in Portuguese, and the author of remarkable thesis on the cultural history of coffee between World War II and the 1960s. She has served as a co-chair of Brown’s MultiFaith Council for two years; been an active member and past president of the Brown University Unitarian Universalist Group; authored regular opinion columns for the Brown Daily Herald; and was a key student participant in Brown’s first Catalyzing Conversation, a University-wide initiative to facilitate community dialogue on critical topics related to diversity. Beyond the domains of diversity and religious life, Chelsea served as Meikeljohn peer academic advisor and provided leadership within Brown’s residential experience as a Residential Peer Leader and then as a Community Assistant. Chelsea was one of a few students selected by your peers to be their voice in the University’s organizational review process and is the 2011 recipient of Brown’s Kapstein Interfaith Leadership Award. Her future plans include a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil.