Beloit College has named Cream City Foundation executive director Maria Cadenas as the sixth recipient of its Young Alumni Award, which will be presented at the college’s homecoming/reunion weekend.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who’ve distinguished the college through their overall achievements, personal growth in career and outstanding civic, cultural, and professional / business service.
Cadenas has worked for over nine years with social change legal, advocacy and community organizations to create respectful and fair communities in southeastern Wisconsin. A Progressive Women’s Voices alumna, she sits on the board of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a national affinity group working on behalf of gay and transgender philanthropy, and has also served as the associate director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.
Cadenas created the Cream City Scholar program to provide a space for college students to learn about organizational management and build their resumes before graduation
“I ‘m humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” Cadenas said. “Beloit College changed my life. My work with Cream City Foundation and other social change organizations is a reflection of the values and convictions I learned at Beloit.”