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Graduating seniors honor two exemplary members of SU community

June 13, 2017

Two outstanding members of SU’s community were honored at the Commencement Brunch on June 10. Each year the senior class nominates a faculty and staff member to be honored with special awards. This year’s recipients were Christina Roberts and Linda Maria Lindomar Da Silva Robinson, who received the Most Outstanding Faculty and Most Outstanding Staff awards, respectively. 

Roberts is associate professor of English, director of the Indigenous Peoples Institute and director of Women and Gender Studies. A first-generation college student, she received her Ph.D. in literature from the University of Arizona where she focused on Native American literatures, early to nineteenth-century American literature and literatures of the American west and frontier. 

"She is one of the hardest working professors I know,” said a student in nominating Roberts for the award. “She serves on so many committees and mentors many students without asking anything in return. She pushes for positive change and challenges everyone to think differently. When I think of professors who are working as hard as possible to create a more just and humane world, I think of Christina Roberts. She is extremely genuine and isn't afraid to show students vulnerability, making everyone feel comfortable and safe to do the same. She truly works to make every student feel welcome and safe, especially those most marginalized on our campus.” 

A beloved cashier at the Cherry Street Market, Robinson (or “Linda” as she is known) greets hundreds of students a day with warmth and compassion. Born in Brazil, she arrived at SU in 1965. 

“Linda always has a smile and friendly greeting,” said a student nominator. “She is a very genuine person and really cares about getting to know the students. Everyone knows her and loves her.” 

Robinson is a repeat recipient of the staff award, having also been so honored at the 2016 Commencement Brunch.