For over 15 years, Tufts has honored exceptional students with the prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. These awards recognize undergraduate and graduate students across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership.
Among those honored this year was D16 Stephie Castera, who received the award at a special ceremony for recipients on April 21, 2016. The program included Tufts University President Tony Monaco, Dean Alan Solomont of Tisch College of Civic Life and TUSDM’s Dean Huw Thomas.
Stephie’s special guests included her mother Agnes who came from Haiti for the event and her boyfriend, D16 Brian Hedstrom. Presenting her with her award were Nancy Marks and Dr. Mark Nehring, Chair of Public Health and Community Service Dept.
Stephie’s impressive accomplishments include fundraising and creating local partnerships in order to open the first community library in Furcy, Haiti; organizing an annual holiday party (five years and still going strong!) in Furcy for 350 impoverished children, which included collecting and distributing toys, school supplies, shoes, dental kits and oral hygiene education. Locally, Stephie has also been an active member and leader in AAPD, HDA, and SNDA and has volunteered at Sharewood, Project Bridge and DentalCentral!
Congrats to Stephie!!