The Presidential Service Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who dedicate themselves to promoting social justice, community awareness, and civic engagement on campus and in the community. This is award acknowledges students who made outstanding efforts in these areas and too often go unrecognized and unrewarded.
Reanne Mathai is a senior majoring in Biology. She serves as a manager for Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) and BCLS Ambassador where she helps with multiple leadership and service opportunities for students. She has been heavily involved in FAB for multiple years in addition to doing research with the Florida Recovery Center where she worked with substance abuse and effective treatments for substance abuse disorders.
Her recommender stated, “Reanne is the type of student leader who will step up when others need help. Twice during her time as a FAB manager, she volunteered to go on two FAB trip experiences and serve as the primary leader for those experiences when one of the original Site Leaders could not uphold their commitment. Not many other UF students would be willing to serve their peers in that capacity.”
Adam is a graduating senior majoring in Economics and Political Science. After transferring from the University of Miami he wanted to find a solution for long term problems in the community. He helped create Assembly for Action which is a program that selects 50 students who are paired with a local non-profit and then work to develop a proposal for a grant to solve an endemic problem for that organization. He worked tirelessly to make the program a reality by working with UF Administration, student government, UF colleges and the Gainesville community and was able to make it a success in 2018. They continue to funded numerous grants that have made a significant impact on the community such as a horticultural training program and pregnancy exams for the UF Mobile clinic.
Udit is a Graduate student getting his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Throughout his time at the university he has worked heavily with the SKY club on campus which helps to promote stress-free life on campus through yoga and meditation. He has served as the President of the club where he has planned numerous events, meditation workshops and helping students with stress problems. He also helped to organize SKY Happiness event which gives a full scholarship to UF students who want to attend, and De-Stress meditation to help reduce exam stress among students and help promote a stress-free environment.
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Mikaelyn Bree Pavlisin
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Michaela Nadia Rechdan
Aaron Gabriel Sandoval
The David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership & Service provides the structure and resources to prepare students to become productive citizens and assume roles of leadership and service in a culturally diverse and increasingly complex society. The Brown Center fosters lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the University with its greater community in action, change, and learning.