Diana Silvas is the 2020 recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement award. Her nominator said:
“Besides being an outstanding student in a co‐terminal degree program (B.S. in information technology and management with a minor in psychology), Diana has compiled a strong record of hard work and dedication to the university and her community. Her work in service to Illinois Tech and the community includes volunteer work, leadership roles, and outreach to fellow students. Diana is the President of Union Board, and has been directly instrumental in creating a safe and inclusive community.
Diana was selected as a Clinton E. Stryker award recipient. This award recognizes students with an outstanding record of service to the community and institution. Outside of this, Diana is a Collen’s Scholar, and a student leader in the STEM student community at Illinois Tech. In addition, Diana has taken great strides to make mental health a focus for students, faculty, and staff on campus. She has created an environment that allows students to focus on not just their academics, but the self‐care that allows them to be successful. Diana is a wonderful ambassador of Illinois Tech as she embodies a well‐rounded hard‐working student in class and outside of class. Her impact, dedication, and willingness to help others has fully displayed her dedication to Illinois Tech and the community."