PSU BSW graduate and current MSW student, Gabriela "Gaby" Mendez, is featured in the 2012 President's Progress Report. Gaby is only one of two students profiled in President Wiewel's report and is also the winner of the 2011 Skidmore Prize, awarded to outstanding young nonprofit leaders by the Willamette Week. Congratulations Gaby!
From the profile, printed in the March 9, 2012 print edition of the Oregonian:
As the first in her family to attend college, social work master's student Gabriela "Gaby" Mendez knows the hopes and challenges of marginalized communities. "Growing up bilingual and bicultural was something I processed everyday," she says. From her Hood River beginnings, Mendez showed an interest in early childhood education. Then, an internship at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility deepened her understanding of the complex factors that lead women to prison and stoked her desire to fight for social justic. A social worker was born. While completing her 2011 bachelor's degree in social work, she won Willamette Week's Skidmore Prize for outstanding young nonprofit leaders in recognition of her work at Neighborhood House counseling grade schoolers at high risk for delinquency or substance abuse