Contra Costa County Student Humanitarian of the Year
Ava Freeman Acalanes High School 2023 Student Humanitarian of the Year
Ava Freeman is a senior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA where she is president of her school’s Black Student Union, as well as a head of the Diversity Board in student government. Ava is a voice of change regarding equity work, and consistently pushes for broader education beyond the Eurocentric narrative and argues for broader education across cultures.
In BSU, she involved nearly all the Black students at her school with engaging meetings while also organizing district events to foster community. Furthermore, during her time in high school Ava spoke at district-wide school board meetings to pressure administration to increase equity lessons and expand culturally affirming education. Also, Ava hosted multiple guest speaker events with activist and rower, Arshay Cooper, while leading the organizational efforts to expand the annual summit for Black students in the Acalanes School District. On the Diversity Board, she is instrumental in planning inclusion initiatives like Black History Month, Latinx Heritage Month, while building unity across cultures.
In addition, Ava is a leader in district-wide equity lessons that have reached students across the Lamorinda area. Beyond Acalanes, she spent time educating elementary and middle school students to help build the tools to discuss race and equity. Lastly, Ava volunteers in her community, from tutoring to bake sales. In her free time, Ava likes to paint, read, exercise, and spend time with family and friends.
Past Recipients of the Student Humanitarian of the Year Award
Kaia Morgan, 2022 Kimyatta Newby, 2021 Christina Mazzi, 2020
Ygnacio Valley High School Middle College High School Edgardo Cervano-Soto