2020 PDSA Recipient, Cecilia Comerford

Cecilia Comerford

Cecilia Comerford

Yellow Springs, Ohio | Diplomacy & Global Politics and Individualized Studies: Poverty Studies Double Major

In Fall 2017, Cecilia Comerford approached the Office of Student Wellness with a desire to reduce the negative consequences she saw her peers experience because of the overconsumption of alcohol. She proposed a water station in Uptown Oxford. The water station both helps students stay hydrated while drinking and explicitly communicates that we care about the health and safety of our Miami community. She created partnership with the local grocery store for bulk purchases of water, worked with local businesses to incorporate their feedback, and found funding for the initiative. The following year, Cecilia led an Associated Student Government (ASG) initiative to write letters to all incoming first-year students about college alcohol use. Upperclassmen shared stories about friendships, events, and organizations that helped them transition to college life and navigate decisions about alcohol use.

In addition to these contributions, Cecilia has served as the secretary for governmental relations in ASG, participated in the Governmental Relations Network, and served on the campaign of Ohio’s current governor, Mike DeWine, where she was a special assistant to Fran DeWine. One nominator wrote that Cecilia is a student leading the way to create a healthy, safe, and supportive campus culture.