We are excited to announce that Project Hope Alliance CEO Jennifer Friend has earned the 2016 University of California, Irvine (UCI), School of Social Ecology's Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumna Award!
Friend, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society, from UCI, was honored at the 46th Annual UCI Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels Ceremony on Thursday, May 12. Her nomination was supported by UCI School of Social Ecology Interim Dean Carroll Seron, UCI Center for Psychology and Law Professor Beth Cauffman, and UCI School of Social Ecology Field Study Program Director Ashley Vikander.
Serving as a bridge to the community, UCI encourages students to transform society by cultivating relationships with stakeholders and policymakers, and developing innovative solutions to challenges such as homelessness and hunger. In this same capacity, Project Hope Alliance works to end the cycle of homelessness in Orange County, one child at a time, through ground-breaking rapid rehousing and education programs.
Friend has remained intimately involved with UCI as a member of both its Alumni Board of Directors and School of Ecology Field Study Advisory Board. In July 2017, she will further her commitment as UCI Alumni Association Board President.
Since 1971, the UCI Alumni Association and its board of directors has presented Lauds & Laurels, the association's highest honor, at a formal ceremony each spring. Lauds & Laurels is the university's oldest awards ceremony, and more than 750 members of the UCI community have been honored for their service to the university, the community, or their profession.