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2015 Newman Civic Fellow

2015 Newman Civic Fellow

Ricardo Tonatiuh Rocha is the 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award recipient for Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ricardo is pursuing an Individualized Degree major at Metropolitan State University of Denver titled “Reforming Systems: Social Change”. Ricardo is committed to working toward social change that values diversity and seeks the betterment of us all. Ricardo was instrumental in establishing the student organization RISE at MSU Denver, which has as its mission “Supporting and Empowering DACA, ASSET, Refugee and Undocumented Students”. Ricardo is currently working as a Program Manager for CLLARO, the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization, and has been appointed by Governor Hickenlooper as a member of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Advisory Council for the State of Colorado. Invariably, those who have worked with Ricardo have appreciated his impassioned and effective leadership as well as his commitment to social justice and the common good.

Newman Civic Fellow Award
Ricardo Tonatiuh Rocha
Thursday, April 2, 2015


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