Maverick Crawford, III and Marissa Hinton represented the College of Public Policy as its most outstanding students. They were officially recognized at the Student Government Association’s 42nd University Life Awards Ceremony on April 5. Other winners from COPP included Marcos Mullin and Andrea Ramos Fernandez, who both recipients of the Jane Findling Award for their individual achievements throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. The Jane Findling and Golden Feather Awards were among the highest honors presented at the awards ceremony.
Maverick Crawford graduates this May with a double major in criminal justice and public administration and a minor in Civic Engagement. Maverick overcame a challenging background and has turned his attention to helping young people succeed. He gives back to his community through his volunteer work with UTSA’s Autism Research Center, Bexar County Juvenile Probation, and Any Baby Can. He also enjoyed interning with the United States Pretrial Services. He says that his internship allowed him to see how the system works toward taking non-punitive approaches to deal with defendants while holding them accountable for their actions. He participated in a group project called Civic Leadership Academy as part civic engagement capstone course. This project aimed to help students at Lanier High School navigate through the college and financial aid application process. His group’s project won the People’s Choice Award during the poster presentation at the 3rd Annual UTSA Civic Engagement Summit. Maverick plans to pursue a career in restorative justice and make a difference in the lives of people in his community.
Marissa Hinton is a graduate student studying criminal justice & criminology. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is slated to graduate with her master’s degree in the summer of 2018. Marissa was awarded for her outstanding academic achievement while pursuing her graduate degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology. She conducted research related to victimization and success among high-risk youth. She worked as a research assistant in the Criminal Justice Department with several faculty. This includes her work with Dr. Richard Hartley on the role of San Antonio’s Veterans Treatment Courts and her volunteerism with Professor Robert Rico’s Criminal Justice Summer Camp. She has a journal article forthcoming and will graduate this summer. She plans to use her research and education to advance the welfare of others, particularly at-risk youth who were involved with crime as a victim and an offender.