ASI Secretary of Programs and Services Sergio Hernandez is being awarded with the “Civic Leadership Engagement Award” from the Center for Community Service-Learning’s 5th Annual Campus-Community Mixer and Civic Engagement Awards. This award honors students who unselfishly give back to the community and are civically involved. The event will take place on April 6, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major Suite. Let’s take a glimpse into Sergio’s past at Cal Poly Pomona to acknowledge the work in which he is being honored for.
Sergio, a fifth-year political science major, is highly recognized by fellow students, faculty and staff for his dedicated involvement both on and off-campus. Some of the on-campus organizations that Sergio serves are as follows: chapter president for Lambda Theta Phi, student assistant for the Cesar Chavez Center for Higher Education, BEAT Secretary of Programs and Services, Greek Council Programming Chair, 2010 Raza Grad Co-Chair, PolyGold Chair and numerous University-wide committees.
It’s no doubt that Sergio’s dedication to the campus community and to his fellow students is the key reason why he has been picked for this prestigious award. “I didn’t even know that I was receiving the award, I found out from Dr. Sunny Lee’s going away reception… I was being congratulated by all of my peers and mentors,” said Sergio.
To his surprise, he had been nominated by Lorena Marquez, coordinator for the Cesar Chavez Center for Higher Education, and Jenni Addams, greek life coordinator.
“I nominated Sergio because of his dedication to the community. He gives without expecting anything in return, I like to call him a servant-leader. He works with the youth in his community and invests in their leadership, because he has valued his mentors investing in him,” said Marquez.
Sergio wants it to be known that he was also nominated because of his involvement off-campus, which includes working with the Hispanic Fund non-profit organization, which has a program called Hispanic Youth Symposium, the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference, founded by activist Saul Castro and producer of LA Walkouts, and his dedicated time with the program Familia Unida, in which he serves as a student advisor.
In the next five years, Sergio hopes to continue his work in Student Affairs. He would like to attend grad school and has his eye’s set on UCLA, Maryland or the University of Vermont. He feels that professionals working in Student Affairs teach as well as learn from the students they are engaged with, and this helps contribute to the success of building a stronger campus and cultural community. “I like being involved with students, and I am a firm believer in the motto of students serving students.”
Sergio has already previously received numerous university awards for his work in Student Affairs, academics and Greek Life, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon.
The Community Service-Learning mixer serves as an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and community leaders to network and form future partnerships. There is no cost to attend. For more information on the mixer or Sergio’s award, visit http://academic.csupomona.edu/ccsl.