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Otis Awarded With Salute To Service And Community Research Award

Goshen, Mass. native Nick Otis awarded for his community leadership.

Goshen, Mass. native Nick Otis awarded for his community leadership.

Dec. 20, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - Nick Otis was awarded the Salute to Service and Community Research Award in response to all of his work in public service and social justice. The Goshen, Mass. native has been involved in education nonprofits like the Steppingstone Foundation, nutrition work at The Food Bank of Western Mass, community research in Lowell, child efficacy and street children in Tanzania.

The fifth year senior's goal is to build capacity in marginalized populations. Populations where fractured social constructs disable people from fully believing in themselves and accomplishing change.

"If someone has the ability to create or act on their ideas...that's powerful." Otis said. "Ideas transcend everything; they move people into action and have the ability to advance entire communities. Think about how powerful that is for accomplishing good, and for health change."

Currently applying to Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Otis hopes all of this is just the beginning. Otis has his eye on nonprofits and government organizations, like the United Nations, World Health Organization and is entertained by the possibility of returning to Tanzania to disseminate the results that come from the work he's already begun.

"I'm just starting to realize now the abilities I have to help make this type of change happen." Otis said. "With this scholarship comes a bit of influence, a bigger voice, and more audiences. I hope I can use that influence. I'm humbled and honored to receive the award and thankful for the support I've had so far."

Otis acknowledges that he would not be where he is without the help of others. With that said if you have similar interests and share similar goals to make a difference in your community, feel free to contact him at notis@umass.edu.

 

 

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