This award has been named and established in honor of the trailblazing Chicana historian, Vicki L. Ruiz. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies, and joined the UCI faculty in 2001. She has served as chair of the history department, director of K-12 outreach programs Humanities Out There and the UCI History Project, and most recently, as dean of the School of Humanities at UCI. Chicano-Latino Studies faculty are invited to nominate graduating undergraduate students who have achieved scholarly excellence and service in the face of much hardship for this award. The vision and dedication driving this student’s accomplishments and resilience are meant to honor and continue the extraordinary legacy and strides of Vicki L. Ruiz.



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