Alex Arnold, an AOS graduate student studying climate science was given this honor for her exceptional leadership in student mentorship and building pathways to STEM higher education for underrepresented students. She has been a huge part of the creation of Environmental Justice and First Nations, an inclusive academic collaboration with Navajo Technical University.
Arnold also takes a large part in both the Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science and the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science at UCLA. Janet Napolitano, the University of California President, chose Alex Arnold, along with a student from UCSD, for embodying what the UC system stands for: student activism and public service.
See the UC wide announcement for more.