The Athenian Awards is a Mount tradition held annually to honor and celebrate the amazing talents and contributions of our student leaders. Through their involvement in clubs and organizations, student government, and various other organizations this year, these students have demonstrated true leadership and are a living legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the mission of the university. We thank you for all you have done to contribute to student life at the Mount in support of your peers and the entire community.
Emerging Leader Award
Emerging Leader Awards recognize students who have exhibited leadership potential through their early involvement in the campus community. It is our hope that you will continue to develop yourselves as leaders during your time at the Mount.
Michelle Estrada Cortes
Faith Lauren Cuevo
Jasmine Faith Gonzales
The Outstanding Leader award is given to students who have demonstrated leadership through their involvements and contributions to the campus community.
Daisy Garcia Hernandez
The Exemplary Leader award is given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and embody the Four Core Principles of Mount Leads.
2021-2022 Clubs & Organizations
Special recognition is given to each of the club and organization presidents for their hard work and dedication to their individual groups and members. We thank them for their contributions to student life.
Ashlin Amano, Na Pua O Ka ‘Aina
Janet Andrade, Latinas Unidas Chalon
Hannah Awbrey, National Society of Leadership and Success
Marchon Benjamin, Black Student Union
Josie DeBellis, Delta Mu Delta
Astrid Godinez, Accounting Association
Lizette Gonzalez-Sanchez, Student Activities Council (SAC)
Danielle Hettinger, California Nursing Students’ Association
Samantha Isozaki, California Nursing Students’ Association
Catherine Lim, National Society of Leadership and Success
Erika McKissick, MSMU Women in Film & Media Club
Erika McKissick, Student Government Association
Alicia Mercado, Women in Science Health
Mariajose Paredes, Alpha Lambda Delta
Valerie Quintero, Latinas Unidas Doheny
Jessica Velasco, Eco Club
Julia Zaldviar, Pangkat Pilipino
Inter-Club Council awards
The Inter-Club Council, comprised of 25 club and organization presidents, presents four special awards to honor their peers. The winners of the following awards went above and beyond to put on great events and programs for the students at the Mount, particularly in what has been a very challenging academic year. These organizations will be honored with a plaque in the Women’s Leadership and Student Engagement office.
Organization of the Year – Latinas Unidas, Chalon
Most Collaborative Event – Black Student Union (Black History Month events, Panel: Black Students Speak, MLK Program)
Most Creative Publicity – Pangkat Pilipino
Most Original Program – Latinas Unidas, Chalon (Stress Relief and Virtual Cooking events)
2021-2022 Faculty and Staff of the Year
Faculty of the Year
Dr. Andrée Leighton, Director, Center for Academic Innovation and Creativity and History/Political Science Professor
Staff of the Year
Laura Nario, Coordinator for New Student and Family Engagement
The following Student Affairs departments recognize student leaders who have made significant contributions to their departments and programs.
Victorianna Camacho, Sister Teresita Espinosa Award
Shanika Chowdhury, St. Joseph Award
Josie DeBellis, Mother St. John Fontbonne Award, Sister Esther McCann Award
Azucena Hernandez, Sister Magdalen Coughlin Award
Valerie Pena, Dorothy Day Award
Nishat Salsabil, St. Joseph Award
Rasleen Saran, St. Joseph Award
Briana Smitherman, Laborem Excercens Award
Megan Vu, Laborem Excercens Award, Sister Esther McCann Award
Rabia Yasin, St. Joseph Award
Julia Zaldivar, Mother St. John Fontbonne Award
Residence Life and Housing Services
Sports, Recreation, and Wellness
Jessa Bolompo, Sports & Wellness Leadership Award
Women’s Leadership and Student Engagement
Community Student Ambassador Program
Founded in 1991, the Community Student Ambassador Program works with students, teachers, school counselors and parents in the local community to provide information and support regarding higher education.
Daisy Hernandez, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School
Michelle Leon, Variety Boys and Girls Club - Boyle Heights
Leslie Morales, Van Nuys High School
Valeria Pena, Immaculate Conception Elementary
Kristin Tatum, Student Manager
Rashell Villatoro, Sacred Heart High School
Leadership Scholar Program
The Leadership Scholar Program is a selective leadership development program that recognizes the leadership potential of individual students dedicated to making positive contributions to their campus, their community and their personal lives through involvement, service and leadership activities.
Faith Lauren Cuevo
Rosa Lopez Nolasco
Graduating Leadership Scholars: