Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.

Alberto Cifuentes, Jr. of New Haven is a media studies and English major at Southern Connecticut State University with a 3.75 GPA. His achievements have earned him the Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa Service Award, the Student Life Program Impact Award, the Capitol Scholarship and Dean's List. He also received the Sylvia Spino Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. Adelaide P. Amore Memorial Endowed Scholarship, both from the SCSU Alumni Association. Cifuentes is co-president of LGBTQIA Prism, treasurer of the Media Studies Club and secretary of the SCSU chapter of Amnesty International. He serves as co-chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and led a discussion last year for the Ella Grasso Youth Action Conference on the new teen driving laws. Cifuentes plans to continue his studies after taking a semester off to work for a state or national grassroots/non-profit issues advocacy and human rights awareness organization.