Congratulations to Sammie Zenoz. Miami Dade College, our Publications Division Student of the Month for October. Sammie was nominated by her advisor, Ms. Emily Sendin.
Here’s what we learned about Sammie: “Sammie was an integral part of the Urbana volume 11 editorial staff. Sammie's non-fiction piece, ‘The Truth,’ published in volume 11, questions the liminality of rape culture. She is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Urbana volume 12. Her commitment to her own writing as well as to nurturing and supporting other writers is inspiring. She fosters a spirit of community and encourages staff members to do the same.
Sammie has stepped up as a role model and leader for the students she engages with, inside and outside of the classroom. She has shown initiative in organizing events and workshops that benefit the community. She is a champion of LGBTQ rights and cares deeply about social injustices committed throughout the world. She is the first Peer Academic Leader for creative writing courses, pioneering this program during the 2018-2019 academic year. She is the vice-president of Hermione’s Army, a chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance, engaging in social activism through the power of story. Over the summer, Sammie was awarded the Point Foundation scholarship, for LGBTQ students in community colleges, and she was invited to attend a national leadership symposium. She has been working to kick-start an LGBTQ and Allies Pen Pal Program called Better Friends. With this program, she will be working to create connections that foster positive relationships through meaningful handwritten letters and email correspondence between community college students nationwide. Sammie always encourages those around her to become better friends through her actions.”
Congratulations to this outstanding student, and our thanks to Ms. Sendin for taking the time to nominate her for this recognition.