Commencement 2021
Building Inclusive Communities

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Building Inclusive Communities

Join us via Facebook Live on May 20 at 4:30 PM as we honor graduates of our 2020-21 Signature class and our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Emerge Cohorts. The commencement ceremony will celebrate our theme of the year, Building Inclusive Communities:  Bringing Everyone Along and highlight the 6 community impact projects completed by this year’s Signature participants. Sam Centellas, Class 41, Executive Director of La Casa de Amistad will receive the Distinguished Alum Award for 2021.

Distinguished Alum Award Recipient

We are excited to announce Sam Centellas, Class 41 and Executive Director of La Casa de Amistad as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Sam has served La Casa de Amistad for over seven years and has made a monumental impact on the growth and sustainment of the center and the entire community on the west side. His servant leadership is evident always focused on community needs. From answering phones, to shoveling snow, collaborating with the Mayor’s office, bringing in major partners like our local universities and other nonprofits, has created a collaboration of services and support like nowhere else in a bilingual and welcoming space for all. Sam was and continues to be the voice our community needs for our families, our youth, immigrant owned businesses, and those at the margins.

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