The Department extends its heartfelt congratulations to Roberto Flotte, one of only twelve Dean's Distinguished Graduates in the College of Liberal Arts for 2012. This program, now in its 32nd year, recognizes graduating Liberal Arts students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service to the college and university community.
Roberto will be graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Mexican-American Studies, and additionally the Native American and Indigenous Studies certificate. His Honors thesis is an ambitious exploration of the impacts on the Huichol people (of Western Central Mexico) of a mine construction project in their ancestral territory. Dr. Shannon Speed, his faculty supervisor, describes the undertaking as graduate-level in scope and execution.
He has also made substantial contributions to the campus community as one of the founders of the first Native American and Indigenous student organization on campus, NAISA, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Latino Leadership Institute, a mentoring program for Latino/Latina students.
We are proud to count Roberto among our department's graduates, and are glad he is being recognized by the university not only for his academic achievements, but also for the contributions he has made to campus life and his exemplary positive approach to addressing social issues.