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.
Marcos is an undergraduate student seeking his degree in public administration. He is a UTSA TOP Scholar Award recipient who is a very well-rounded student participating in multiple activities at the University and in his community. Marcos has a passion for public service. He was in intern with Congressman Lamar Smith's office and is serving as a Civic Ambassador for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life where he encourages more young people to get involved in civic life. Currently, he is coordinating efforts to design, plan and implement the Careers in Politics Conference. As a member of the Student Government Association, Marcos is student leader on campus who works diligently to make sure all voices are heard in university-wide issues that affect students at both the 1604 and downtown campuses. Marcos is a UTSA Ambassador, a member of Club Rugby, the UTSA COPP Cabinet and the UTSA Catholic Association.
Andrea Ramos Fernandez
Andrea is an undergraduate student seeking her degree in public administration. As an undocumented immigrant to the United States, Andrea has spoken up and out for underrepresented groups and individuals who were recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. She has appeared in numerous media outlets where she spoke about her personal journey coming to the United States as a child and struggling to make ends meet while pursuing her education. Andrea has lobbied to Congress to legislate for citizenship of DACA recipients. She is a fellow of MOVE San Antonio, a non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people become more involved in politics. She was a speaker during the 2017 Binational Conference with México hosted by the UTSA College of Public Policy and the Department of Social Work. She participated as a student representative on the Dreamers Panel with Rep. Diego Bernal where she spoke about the new immigration policies and its effect on DACA students. She was also a member of the UTSA student group Immigrant Youth Leadership (IYL) As a member and IYL coordinator, she presented a proposal to the University President for a Resource Center to meet the escalating needs of DACA students and to provide specific resources to help them succeed.