NSSA honors NSC student Astrid Silva with first-ever Humanitarian award

Last Thursday, January 22nd, the Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA), with the help of the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives, presented its first-ever Humanitarian Award. The award was presented to NSC student Astrid Silva at the Welcome Week event Lunch with Leaders, held in the Dawson building.

The Nevada State Student Alliance is proud to announce the creation of the NSSA Humanitarian Award, NSSA President David Cortez-Lopez said. It is a new award that NSSA started this semester and hopes to continue from now on.

Students chosen as recipients of this award will be recognized by the college and will also receive a book voucher sponsored by NSSA during the annual NSSA Banquet held every May. Silva says she is honored to have been chosen as NSC's first Humanitarian Award recipient. Cortez-Lopez says Silva was the perfect person to receive the award.

Astrid Silva has the kind of inspiring life story that helps politicians make the case for immigration reform, Cortez-Lopez said. President Obama mentioned her in his speech when announcing his executive actions on the broken immigration system.

Silva emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. with her parents when she was just a toddler. She taught herself how to speak English, and achieved academic success. Silva is currently working on her degree at Nevada State College, and is deeply involved in immigration reform efforts in Las Vegas. As a passionate advocate for immigration reform, she is an organizer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and a recipient of the American Immigration Council's Immigrant Youth Achievement Award.

Dr. Edith Fernandez, Associate Vice President of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives, congratulates Silva on her success and achievements. Astrid is a phenomenal example of the potential NSC students have to be leaders in the community, Dr. Fernandez said. Her commitment to social justice issues is to be commended, and her leadership in giving voice to undocumented students is inspirational.

Cortez-Lopez says NSSA chose Silva to receive this award because she is a representative of Nevada State College making a difference in the community.

In order for a student to qualify for the NSSA Humanitarian Award, he/she must comply with the following criteria:

  • Be a current Nevada State College student
  • Be an active member in the community
  • Demonstrate substantial humanitarian efforts

If you would like to nominate a Nevada State College student for the NSSA Humanitarian Award, please contact NSSA. Call 702-992-2190 or email nssa@nsc.edu