May 10, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that this year’s recipient of the “29 Who Shine” award is Rosy Gil Diaz ’18 of Dorchester, a psychology major with minors in behavior analysis and Spanish who has a passion for helping those with mental health and behavioral issues.

Diaz , who originally is from the town of Santiago in the Dominican Republic, aspires to earn her Ph.D or PsyD in clinical psychology, with certification in Behavioral Analysis.

“The ‘29 Who Shine’ honor is very meaningful to me and my family,” Diaz said. “Being a first- generation, immigrant, student of color, I have experienced many struggles along the way. Knowing that I have been recognized for all of my hard work means a lot; it is an honor that makes me very proud of what I have accomplished.”

At MCLA, Diaz was the secretary of the campus’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She recently presented a paper at the College’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference (UNC), titled, “Crossing Borders: Immigration Narratives in the Trump Era. She also offered a PowerPoint presentation in a special session, titled, “Beyond the Border: Transnational Bodies in Latinx Literature.”

Diaz also served an internship in MCLA’s Office of Student Affairs, where she worked to facilitate focus groups comprised of fellow students, to promote higher retention rates.

 “The internship,” she explained, “allowed me to do work related to psychology that I previously was not aware of. I was able to see first-hand and help with the work that the retention task force has been doing.”

Diaz said MCLA is a great school that she would recommend to prospective students.

“My professors have all been amazing and incredibly helpful throughout my four years here,” she said. “They have been like another family to me. Although it makes me sad to have to leave them, I also am happy because they have helped me to become the first college graduate in my family.”

Each year, “29 Who Shine” recognizes 29 outstanding student graduates from across the Commonwealth’s public higher education system. Each year the Governor honors the “29 Who Shine” at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. Approximately 250 invited guests attend the event, including House and Senate leaders, the Secretary of Education, Commissioner of Higher Education, members of the Board of Higher Education, college presidents, chancellors, business and non-profit leaders, students and their families.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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