Trisha-Ann Hawthorne-Noble ’18 MSW received the 2018 UConn Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award. The award recognizes women students who have excelled academically and demonstrate high achievement in research and service to the University community. The award is given annually and sponsored by the UConn Provost’s Office, Alumni, and the Women’s Center.
Dr. Ann Marie Garran, MSW Program Director, notes in her nomination of Trisha-Ann that she has a “superb record in her coursework, with a focus on community organizing.” Through her research, she developed a research grant proposal to fund an evaluation of diversity and inclusion in college athletics. Trisha-Ann’s second year field placement was in UConn’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she helped organize several events related to diversity and inclusion in athletics. She created linkages between student-athletes, cultural centers, and the broader campus community.
Trisha-Ann created the Student Athlete Advisory Committee to foster student voice related to their experiences on the UConn Storrs Campus. She is able to relate to students in athletics because of her own experience as a student athlete at UConn, where she became one of the most decorated athletes in track and field.
“She is passionately committed to social justice and human rights, and applies community organizing approaches to community-building on campus. Trisha-Ann designed a dialogue program to be implemented for incoming first year student athletes, said Dr. Garran. “She has already made a considerable impact on the university through her work related to racial justice on campus”.