2019 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards Recipients
The University of Northern Colorado through the Office of Academic Community Engagement is proud to announce the 2019 winners of The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards.
My name is Jacqueline Pasillas and I am a proud, first-generation college student. I am currently pursuing a degree an Elementary Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse concentration. My goal after finishing at UNC is to work with students who are non-native language learners. I come from two hard-working parents who came to the United States from Zacatecas, Mexico with nothing but a dream and some change. I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and moved to Greeley in pursuit of a teaching degree. My achievements go beyond the work in the classroom. I am part of many programs and clubs here at UNC like the Center for Human Enrichment, Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. and I served as a board member on the Multicultural Greek Council. Along with that, served as a Program Coordinator at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center here on campus. Outside of the university, I was a Senior Partner for Partners Mentoring Youth Program and have worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County at Salida Del Sol Academy. One of my greatest acts of community service was planning and coordinating the Latina Youth Leadership Conference for two years as a director and one year as a program presenter. I am passionate about service projects that focus on diverse communities.
My name is Gabrielle Stanton, I am a junior at UNC pursuing a double major in French and Geography. I also participate in the Honors program and I am committed to retaining a GPA of 4.0. As a transfer student from a small community college, I was not sure what to expect from UNC faculty and students. My expectations were met and exceeded by everyone at UNC. It is thanks to my professors that I decided to pursue the Honors program and challenge myself beyond simply finishing classes. After learning about refugees in various geography classes, I decided to engage in the refugee community here in Greeley. I am now a soccer coach with Soccer Without Borders and I coach a team of girls from refugee backgrounds. At practices, games and academic tutoring sessions, I provide them with a safe environment to learn social skills, self-advocacy, and healthy physical and emotional habits. My time spent with these kids has made an indelible impression. I treasure this opportunity to give back to my community and pay forward some of the love and support I was given. Once I graduate from UNC, I plan to work with resettled refugees and asylum seekers.