Alyssa Solomon, who will be a junior this fall at the University of Vermont majoring in environmental studies, was named a 2013 Jeffrey Brace Award recipient by United Academics, the university’s faculty union.
The organization provides $500 awards to students who exemplify not only academic excellence, but also an active commitment to achieving justice.
Solomon’s passion for promoting social justice was sparked in 2008 with the human rights service organization Calling All Crows. This past year, as an action leader for the organization, she focused her efforts on marriage equality in the U.S.
In December, she organized the Burlington Acoustic Equality event to raise awareness about the 1,138 federal benefits same-sex married couples are currently denied, and to support the passage of the Protection of Marriage Act.
Solomon is a member of the Dewey House for Civic Engagement and co-founder of UVM’s Oxfam America Club. She has organized death penalty awareness teach-ins and has been involved in various environmental groups on campus.