Beth Awano is a rising senior at the University of Chicago majoring in Sociology and minoring in Inequality, Social Problems, and Change. As Chair of Engage, Beth collaborates with NGOs, non-profits, and advocacy groups that support Chicago’s Immigrant and Refugee communities to facilitate volunteer opportunities for a cohort of undergraduate students. Beth also founded a student task force to address food insecurity at the university. Passionate about education, Beth has taught students of all ages through Chicago Public Schools, AmeriCorps, and the Phillips Brooks House Association. In recognition of her leadership and contributions to the university community, Beth was honored with the 2020 Jane Morton and Henry C. Murphy Award. In her free time, she works as a barista at the student-run coffee shop, Hallowed Grounds. Twice a quarter, the shop transforms into a concert venue for The Double Shot series, a program she founded to showcase local musicians.
Updated May 2020