Psychology Major Tatiana Zamora Receives Dr. Joseph Colombo Award for Academics

Psychology Major Tatiana Zamora Receives Dr. Joseph Colombo Award for Academics

The Campus-Wide, Leadership, Academics, Social Justice, and Service (C.L.A.S.S.) Awards were created in 2006 to honor USD faculty and staff who contribute to the development of a campus community that is culturally diverse and creates an educational environment that motivates and supports student learning and personal development. The honorees have dedicated and prepared students to make a positive impact in our global society.

Although the annual Diversity Banquet did not take place this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Front Multicultural Commons still showcased their award recipients online.

Psychology major Tatiana Zamora received the Dr. Joseph Colombo Award for Academics. The Dr. Joseph Colombo Award for Academics is reserved for students who earn a 3.2 and above grade point average in their field as well as participated in conferences where they presented their academic research focusing on diversity and/or social justice issues.

In the words of the nominator(s):


Tatiana has a quiet strength. She asserts herself when appropriate and listens carefully when others need support. She integrates skills she developed as a Student Support Services Peer Mentor to assist coworkers with their personal concerns and challenges, while modeling how to be a self-advocate. Her multifaceted communication skills are rare and impactful.


While we know Tatiana best through her leadership as a student employee, her research targets a broader community. She plans to study educational psychology in graduate school to better understand the experiences of underrepresented students in multiple educational settings and develop strategies to support those involved. Through her hard work and academic dedication, this first-generation student was recently accepted to Stanford to earn her PhD!


Tatiana has presented research at the USD Summer Research Colloquium, UCSD Summer Research Conference, USD Creative Collaborations, and the Baylor McNair Research Conference. She was selected as a panelist at the Future Faces of STEM Conference at UCSD and also chosen to speak about experiences as a McNair Scholar and Researcher at USD's 2019 Research Week Lab Crawl for TRIO.


Tatiana requires little to accomplish a lot. She has made significant contributions to a variety of communities and has invested her studies in learning how to support college readiness among underserved populations. She is a beautiful example of a USD Changemaker who is making our world better for those who may have otherwise never known they were capable of advanced education. We may never know the full impact of Tatiana’s endeavors, but I guarantee she will continue to improve the lives she touches through her incredible work and service.

begin quoteThrough her hard work and academic dedication, this first-generation student was recently accepted to Stanford to earn her PhD!
Tatiana Zamora

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