President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

Established in 2012 to honor past LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board President Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a supported scholar who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and / or home community.

2020 Recipient: Angie Belen Monreal

Angie Belen Monreal is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Columbia School of Social Work where she is highly respected among her peers, faculty and administration for her drive and uncompromising commitment to scholarship.

As an intern at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), she mentored, tutored, and advised youth experiencing homelessness, family instability and / or involvement with the criminal justice system.

She has also worked as a principal investigator at Columbia University’s renowned Columbia Justice Lab, where she focused on the Rikers Island Longitudinal Study. This study asks how race, poverty, and related vulnerabilities shape pretrial outcomes with an aim to create policy-relevant findings for reducing the jail population.

Moreover, Angie served as a Research Assistant with the Cogburn Research Group which examines the role racism plays in health inequities.
Michael Lovaglio, Dean of Students at the Columbia School of Social Work, writes, “The leadership she has shown and the fortitude with which she has demonstrated her commitment to serving others is remarkable. I support all efforts to recognize and support this important voice and emerging scholar.”

Angie plans to apply to doctoral programs and continue her research interests when she graduates from Columbia School of Social Work.


2020 Honorees

We congratulate each of this year’s honorees for their well-deserved recognition.

Past Leadership Award Recipients

  • 2019: Dipika Shrestha
    2019: Dipika Shrestha
    Marxe School of International and Public Affairs
    Baruch College
  • 2018: Ithamar Grace Turenne
    2018: Ithamar Grace Turenne
    Columbia School of Nursing
  • 2017:Anne Marie Witchger
    2017:Anne Marie Witchger
    General Theological Seminary
  • 2016: Breanna Joinier
    2016: Breanna Joinier
    Sophie Davis School of Biomedical
    Education, City College of New York
  • 2015: Ofia Begum
    2015: Ofia Begum
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • 2014: Angela Cipolla (Robidoux)
    2014: Angela Cipolla (Robidoux)
    General Theological Seminary
  • 2013: Sheina Theodore
    2013: Sheina Theodore
    Sophie Davis School of Biomedical
    Education, City College of New York