CALS junior earns national award for addressing social change
By Kelly Merchan

Christina Ochoa ’23 has been named a Newman Civic Fellow for her commitment to addressing social change and injustice.

The national Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who address issues of inequality through collaborative action to create long-term social change.

Ochoa advocates for incarcerated people serving life sentences in New York state through the Cornell University Parole Initiative; she earned the award for her dedication to transform systemic injustice in prisons and parole policies.

“The work of an advocate is not to speak on behalf of a marginalized community, but rather to engage in direct, cooperative action to help secure improved conditions,” said Ochoa, a development sociology major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Global Development. She is minoring in creative writing, law and society, and inequality studies.

Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.