By Janell Smith
Among the 21 students honored was APPLES Service-Learning participant José Cisneros ‘17.
“University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill junior José Cisneros has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement,” said Chad Fogleman, assistant director of North Carolina Campus Compact.
Cisneros was recognized for his tireless efforts to improve the opportunities of Latinos.
He recently spent his summer as a government relations intern at Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) through the APPLES Internship program, coordinating lobbying events and meetings with North Carolina state legislators where he and others advocated for the rights farmworkers and undocumented students.
In spring 2015, Cisneros also participated in the APPLES Global Guanajuato course and alternative spring break experience through which he researched and worked with migrants in North Carolina and migrants’ home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico.
In addition to his involvement with APPLES, Cisneros serves as site and program coordinator with the Scholars Latino Initiative, a university-based program that empowers the next generation of Latina/o leaders by promoting academic excellence and social responsibility.
“Through his example, he has also inspired his peers to become mentors who, like Cisneros, serve mentees with dedication and compassion,” said Fogleman.
Cisneros added that his passion for service was inspired by his own personal connections.
“The lessons I’ve learned and the people I’ve [met] have certainly left a mark on me, and I want to continue to work for a better, more equal society.”