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Janet Lopez receives University award for public service

Janet Lopez, a Ph.D. student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, recently received the 2007 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award. The award is given through the office of the Carolina Center for Public Service and recognizes individual students and faculty who have demonstrated outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. 

Lopez was honored for her work as director of The Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a mentoring program that pairs undergraduate scholars at Carolina with promising students at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, N.C. The goal of the Initiative is to help increase Latino students’ access to higher education in North Carolina. In an effort to help these students attend – and excel – in college and beyond, the Initiative provides comprehensive support including mentoring, college prep programming, skills development, cultural enrichment, and opportunities for public service.

Lopez has served as director of The Initiative for two years. In this role, she is responsible for creating the college prep curriculum and organizing all parent and  mentor/mentee activities.