Robie Gold Medals
Qualifications for this award include personal integrity, initiative, cooperativeness, enthusiasm, humility, well-rounded interests, active participation in student affairs, service to the University, willingness to give more than required, and love of God and country.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and a Sunnyside High School graduate, Crystal Alyssia Raygoza is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in family studies and human development, with a minor in Spanish.
Crystal’s intersectional identities as a first-generation Latina student of financial need sparked her devotion to work with underserved communities. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Crystal dedicated her time to providing support and resources for students pursuing higher education.
Since 2017, Crystal has been committed to increasing the retention rate of underserved populations. A past participant of College Academy for Parents, a free college preparation program for parents and K-12 students, Crystal worked for the academy while at the University. Additionally, she collaborated with campus and community centers to provide resources for students in Arizona Assurance, a need-based scholarship program; served as an intern with Global Experiential Learning, planning domestic and global programs; and produced curriculum and activities for study abroad programs in Mexico, Southeast Asia and Hawaii.
Crystal has held several leadership positions at the University of Arizona, including serving on the Student Success and Retention Innovation student advisory board, providing a prospective of inclusivity and diversity. She is also a member of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., a Latina-founded sorority.
A Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program scholar, Crystal formed her own research question, examining the relation between "familismo" (strong family bonds) and educational outcomes of Latinx adolescents. This led to an oral presentation at the 2019 McNair Conference at UCLA and a poster presentation at the 2019 UROC Poster Session at the University of Arizona.
Following graduation, Crystal will pursue a doctoral degree with the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Arizona. There she will focus on the gap of college transition, college access and achievement in higher education to further establish college preparation and academic guidance programs that create welcoming and accepting spaces.
Tony Viola IV, originally from Coolidge, Arizona, is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In 2016, Tony graduated from Marana High School, where he was involved in a federally funded Upward Bound TRIO program that supports aspiring first-generation college students. Through the support of the Upward Bound staff, Tony was able to pursue higher education right after graduation and enrolled in the University of Arizona as a proud first-generation college student, eager to start a new tradition for his family and community.
While attending the University, Tony has been involved in numerous educational spaces and programs and has taken on leadership roles both on campus and in the Tucson community. As a sophomore, Tony worked as a Cat Coach for the First Cats peer mentoring program, where he provided mentorship, guidance and resources to first-generation college students. In addition, Tony has continuously served tribal communities as an Engaging Native Boys intern, Indigenous Intellectual Warrior, and Native SOAR mentor focused on engaging and supporting Native American youth in environmental stewardship, tribal life ways and higher education. As a founding member of Voices of Indigenous Concerns in Education, Tony is part of a collective group on campus working to indigenize University spaces and policies to better support indigenous students, staff, faculty and communities.
During his junior year, Tony was an Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants of School Success research fellow in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium's PREP program under the mentorship of Corey J. Knox and Sara P. Chavarria. As a research fellow, he focused on the project he currently coordinates in the College of Education: Linking Southwest Heritage Through Archaeology. After four years of hard work and unwavering support from countless individuals, Tony is graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in literacy, learning and leadership, with a minor in American Indian studies. Following graduation, he will continue his studies at the University of Arizona as a doctoral student in the Language, Reading and Culture Program in the College of Education.