Shining Star: Rebekah Amaya

The South Bend Human Rights Commission (SBHRC) is a local body charged with the tasks of investigating, promoting, and protecting human rights for the citizens of South Bend. From public accommodations to education, the SBHRC is the community's local safeguard against discrimination. Even though the Human Rights Commission has official representatives, the message of equity and equality are often promoted by [extra] ordinary citizens. This year, one of those citizens was UB TRiO Scholar, Rebekah Amaya.

Inspired to make a difference within her community, Rebekah actively serves on the City of South Bend's Youth Task Force that aims to address youth violence; organized a walkout demonstration in support of local DACA students; and more recently, was instrumental in organizing a local March for Our Lives event to address gun violence in schools. Less than a week after the March for Our Lives event, Rebekah (along with nearly 40 of her peers) headed to Washington, D.C. to join students from across the nation in a "call to action" from Congress. In recognition of Rebekah's dedication in furthering human rights, the South Bend Human Rights Commission awarded her with this year's Distinguished Student Service Award. 

Fight on, Rebekah! Fight on!