Student Organization Committed to Advocacy Receives Recognition

by Sidney Davis, WGST Intern

Student Organization Committed to Advocacy Receives Recognition
This year's Superior Service trophy, awarded to Patriots for Choice

Renata Thorton, finalist for the 2019 Truman Scholarship

Women and Gender Studies congratulates senior Renata Thornton for being selected as a finalist for the 2019 Harry Truman Scholarship, due to her commitment to student advocacy and her foray into public service in the greater Mason community. She is one of the co-founding members of “Patriots for Choice” and is currently the treasurer of the organization. 

As a co-founder, she created graphics to market events and initiatives on social media and assisted with lobbying campus administration to place emergency contraception in vending machines on campus to ensure constant and private access. Additionally, she was part of starting a self-sustaining "Take a Tampon, Leave a Tampon" bins in campus restrooms to improve accessibility for students to have tampons, regardless of their background.

These progressive initiatives to support the student body didn't go unnoticed. Thornton along with the other members of Patriots for Choice were awarded the 2019 Superior Service Award by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME). 

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