UC Davis Outstanding Student 2017 Recipients

Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Award - Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones graduated in winter quarter 2016 with high honors. She received a bachelor’s degree in community and regional development with an emphasis in environmental policy. During her time at UC Davis, Jessica has worked with Santa Rosa City Council and representatives from the city's public works and water department on a report that details the challenges and opportunities in low-income water rate assistance in California and the city's new low-income water subsidy program.

She completed a senior honors thesis that considered redistricting patterns within the California community college system. Jessica also co-authored and advocated for the first Environmental Procurement Guideline for the Sonoma County Office of Education in an effort to improve the environmental health of school facilities in Sonoma County and created a related resource guide for Santa Rosa city schools.

At the Center for Regional Change, Jessica served as the student engagement coordinator and designed a student engagement program, worked with faculty and staff to develop a curriculum for the center's annual scholars retreat, and conducted outreach to the UC Davis student body. The scholar's program has provided students with research opportunities that focus on social and environmental justice issues.

The Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Award honors the graduating woman believed to be the most outstanding in the areas of leadership, scholarship, integrity and service in the campus community. The award was established in 1942 to memorialize the achievements of Mary Jeanne Gilhooly, recognized as an “unofficial goodwill ambassador to every prospective Aggie,” who died while a student at UC Davis.

Veloyce Glenn Winslow, Jr. Award - Raumin Neuville

Raumin Neuville

As a high-achieving student studying biological sciences with an emphasis in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, Raumin Neuville spends his time volunteering at the Willow Clinic, a student-run clinic that primarily serves the homeless population in the Sacramento area. Since starting at the clinic, Raumin has served as a member of the Diabetes Support Group subcommittee and the Supplies and Training Committee in addition to his regular volunteer duties. He is currently co-head of the Supplies and Training Committee where he helps with auditing clinic supplies, training new volunteers and setting up for our clinic fairs.

Raumin was appointed president of the Immunization/Vaccination Awareness Club, which focuses on community outreach and education to promote knowledge for a healthy lifestyle when it comes to vaccinations. He also founded the UC Davis chapter of National Alzheimer’s Buddies and serves as president. Under his leadership, the number of volunteers has grown rapidly and they’ve been able to expand the program to additional senior centers. Raumin is also a lab assistant researching the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injuries at the Lyeth Lab and presented his work at the spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference.

The Veloyce Glenn Winslow, Jr. Award honors the graduating man believed to be the most outstanding in the areas of leadership, scholarship, integrity and service in the campus community. This award was established in 1966 to memorialize the achievements of Glenn Winslow, Jr., who died while serving as vice president of the student body at UC Davis.

Social Justice and Inclusion Award - Tori-Ann Porter

Tori Ann Porter

Tori-Ann Porter strives for social justice as a form of radical love and resistance. Their work centers Black Trans and Queer identities, honoring and affirming those whose voices and experiences are often marginalized. Tori-Ann has left their legacy on the UC Davis campus as coordinator of this year’s BlaqOut Conference, where members of the Black Queer Diaspora were able to network and build community.

In the past two years that Tori-Ann has worked at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center as a community coordinator, they have spread their reach to their peers and different departments on campus, creating dialogue about how to implement transgender inclusive language across any situation. Tori-Ann has not let tough conversations deter them from continuing their fight for social justice and inclusion.

The Social Justice and Inclusion Award honors the graduating student of any gender who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to social justice in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and service. This award honors a student who has served as a change agent and made a tangible impact on campus community promoting equity and inclusion.

Margarita Robinson Student Leadership Award - Connor Grant

Connor Grant

Connor Grant is a recipient of the UC Regent’s scholarship and Provost’s Award, and has served as a research associate at the UC Davis Medical Center as well as on the chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Board. Since January 2015, he has led the Interfraternity Council (IFC), first as the executive vice president and subsequently as president. In these roles, In seeking to develop a culture of accountability for Greek life, Connor oversaw the revamping of the IFC Conduct Board.

Leading the Greek community, he has raised awareness about campus sexual assault through the planning of the March Against Sexual Assault, which mobilized more than 500 men. In collaboration with the Center for Advocacy Resources and Education as well as the Women’s Resources and Research Center, he instituted mandatory sexual assault training, which developed into an education program for all Greek organizations through the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life.

The Margarita Robinson Student Leadership Award for outstanding junior honors students for their outstanding service and leadership through involvement in recognized student groups and activities. Established in 1982, this award serves as a memorial to Margarita Robinson, who was house mother at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for 30 years and a founder of the Prytanean Honor Society at UC Davis.

Student Promoting Advocacy and Redefining Community Award - Laura Galvez

Laura Galvez

Much of Laura Galvez’s work is centered on the intersectionality of undocu-Indigenous rights and visibility. She has worked not only on campus, promoting the retention of undocumented students at UC Davis, but also at a statewide level, organizing youth to advocate for the rights of the undocumented community.

Laura had a key role in recording the history of resistance of her Chinantec community from Oaxaca, Mexico—research that has rarely been done by a Chinantec alongside her community. She transformed her experience into a documentary, available online for all of us to learn and educate ourselves of the true history of the indigenous Chinantec people. She has truly been an exemplary advocate for her own communities.

The Student Promoting Advocacy and Redefining Community Award (SPARC) recognizes a rising student activist who has displayed a passion for advocacy and engagement across multiple communities.