2018 Dennis A. Clements Outstanding Service Award

Two graduate students, Techa Beaumont and Stephanie Reist, received the Dennis A. Clements Outstanding Service Award during the commencement ceremony honoring recipients of the Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies on Friday, May 11 in the John Hope Franklin Center.

The Dennis A. Clements Award is presented each year to undergraduate or graduate certificate students who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to service, civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. It comes with an award of $250.

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Techa Beaumont and Stephanie Reist with Dr. Dennis Clements, by Catherine Angst

CLACS was proud to present two awards this year to two outstanding graduate students.

Techa Beaumont graduated with a Masters in International Development Policy. Her Master's project was "Addressing Structural Barriers and Access to Opportunity for Indigenous Shipibo Artisans in the Amazon Region of Peru," and she plans to continue working with Shipibo communities in Pucallpa, Peru, as well as her non-profit consultancy work. She also received a Rotary Peace Fellowship and a graduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.

While working toward her PhD in Romance Studies and her Masters of Public Policy degrees, Stephanie Reist’s work focused on on Afro-descendent social movements in South America, particularly around issues of territorial and urban land claims, particularly in Brazil. She was the graduate student coordinator in Brazil for the Bass Connections project on The Cost of Opportunity of Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense community in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also co-directed a documentary film, "The Cost of Opportunity." Her dissertation focused on the urban black struggle in Rio's Baixada Fluminense.

In addition, CLACS presented two undergraduate certificates and nine graduate certificates in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Congratulations to all!