2019 Centennial Achievement Undergraduate Awards
In December 1984, the University of Arizona Division of Student Affairs created the Centennial Achievement Award to be presented annually. This award is given to two seniors graduating during the current academic year.
Lauren Olivia Easter
Lauren Easter was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2009. Lauren is a student, mother, and survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. She endured a five-year abusive relationship where she was physically, mentally, and sexually abused. At the age of 24, Lauren left her abuser – a decision that almost cost her her life and left her homeless. While in a women’s shelter, she recognized the need to finish school and be a role model for her son, who has recently been diagnosed with autism.
Lauren will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both Law and Philosophy and is in the Accelerated Master’s Program for Legal Studies concentrating in Human Rights. She works full-time as a paralegal to support her family in addition to advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Lauren has spoken at various forums, where she shares her story of strength and perseverance. She currently volunteers with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, assisting women impacted by domestic violence.
Lauren has held several leadership positions. She is a University Endorsed Leader and serves on both the American Enterprise Institute Executive Council and the Board of Directors for the Tucson Paralegal Association. She is an All-Arizona Academic Team Scholar, Gold Coca-Cola Scholar, and Guistwhite Scholar. Lauren has been honored as a Magellan Circle Scholar and recognized as an outstanding student by the Rombach Institute. She is a member of the Honors College and is working on her thesis exploring Germany’s corporate governance structure and how it promotes more women into leadership positions in the private and public sectors.
After graduation, Lauren will pursue a dual MBA and JD. She is seeking to become an advocate attorney for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as an international human rights lawyer championing women’s rights. She intends to create a scholarship foundation to help support the educational needs of women and girls around the world.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Bailey Lockwood has built her college career around a deeply rooted mission to serve, heal, and celebrate the desert community she calls home. Bailey’s devotion to social justice work was galvanized by the loss of her best friend, a tragedy that awakened her to the structural forces that pattern and perpetuate health disparities. As an aspiring family physician, Bailey aims to provide essential services to rural Arizona communities that suffer from inadequate healthcare infrastructures.
Throughout her university tenure, Bailey has dedicated her time to improving the lives of her fellow Tucsonans. Since 2017, Bailey has worked at ArtWorks, an art studio and day program for adults with disabilities. Balancing the roles of teacher, caregiver, advocate, and friend, Bailey embraces the great responsibility of helping the artists find their voice in the greater community. In turn, the ArtWorks artists have cultivated in her an ethos of boundless compassion, which she plans to carry with her in her work as a healer.
Inspired by the bonds she has formed at ArtWorks, Bailey works on a project which aims to increase cancer screening rates among Native American women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her research focuses on the role of data systems in obscuring health disparities among this population, and she presented on this work at a professional conference in June 2019.
Advocating for the young people of Pima County is also a passion for Bailey. In the summer before her senior year, Bailey interned with El Rio’s Reproductive Health Access Project, a program that provides free sexual health services to teens. Additionally, Bailey belongs to the Mindful Ambassadors, a program of University Campus Health that aims to reduce stress and cultivate well-being for students at the University of Arizona.
In May, Bailey will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies. She plans to pursue a medical degree and a PhD in Anthropology.