UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Sarah Smith: 2021 ARE Scott McNiven Community Service Award

May 27, 2021

The graduate students in ARE selected Sarah Smith to receive the 2021 Scott McNiven Community Service Award. The award is given each year to the ARE graduate student whose actions—through mentoring other students, creating and strengthening collaborative intellectual spaces, organizing social activities, or investing in public goods—best exemplify the principles of community that Scott held so dear. Throughout her graduate career, Sarah has contributed greatly to the ARE community.

According to the student nominator: “From the instant Sarah was admitted to UC Davis ARE, she has worked intentionally to build community in her cohort and the department by creating space for students to interact outside of classes. Examples include, but are not limited to, celebrating each member of her cohort’s birthdays in her first year with a card and baked goods, organizing mid-quarter check-ins for first years, mentoring and being a listening ear for individual students, and organizing social events. Particularly in the last year, she has fought to promote inclusion and social connection in the virtual world by organizing the baby photo guessing contest, leading social justice, diversity and inclusion conversations with students and faculty, and serving as the GSA co-President and Treasurer.”


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