Editor’s Note: SOURCE plans to publish profiles on all 8 recipients in 2022.
FRAMINGHAM – Eight students were honored at the 30th Annual John P. Garrahan MetroWest Leadership in Diversity Awards ceremony on April 28 at the Framingham Elks.
The event is organized by the Alliance For MetroWest Unity.
The goal of the group is to bring together all groups within the MetroWest region to celebrate
diversity and to increase understanding of the community in which we all live.
One of the recipients of the award this year was Danialys “Dee” Rivera of Ashland High.
She has been a leader throughout her time at Ashland High School on the C.A.R.E.S. team, which stands for “Clockers for Anti-Racism and Equity.”
C.A.R.E.S. is a joint student and faculty organization that seeks to educate the entire Ashland community regarding issues involving race, equity, and social justice. Through C.A.R.E.S., she volunteers to facilitate community-wide events, and communications.
One example is a community movie discussion of the documentary “13th” by director Ava DuVernay. This film focused on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled by communities of color, especially American descendants of slavery.
Given her achievements and leadership skills, Rivera was elected by her peers to serve as President of C.A.R.E.S. for the current academic year.
“She gives generously of her time to volunteer for a variety of programming involving the many issues about which she is extremely passionate. Thank you for that passion and your leadership, Dee,” wrote the Committee.
Members of the Committee include Katherine Garrahan, Robert Anspach, Peter Chisholm, Andrew Miller, Howard L. Newell, Heather Connolly, Najee Nunnally, Judge David W. Cunis, Daniel B. Daley, Framingham Deputy Police Chief Sean D. Riley, Betsy Soule, Shayna Eddy, Framingham Assistant Superintendent Tiffany Lillie, Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, Loretta Tenenholtz, Susan Masionis, and Annmarie Garrahan Wazer.