April 15, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 15

Contreras Receives Fr. Dineen Award

Magnolia Contreras '90 has spent much of her post-Boston College career advocating for public health policy issues, especially those relating to AIDS/HIV.

Her dedication has earned her the 2004 Father John A. Dineen, SJ, Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award, named for the late Boston College chaplain who helped start many of the University's hallmark initiatives in diversity and service, including the Oscar Romero Scholarship [see separate story].

Contreras received the award at the Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship Ceremony held on March 27 in Lyons Hall. This is the sixth year the award has been given in honor of Fr. Dineen, who died in 2002.

A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who now serves as director of public policy and community relations for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Contreras oversees a public policy and advocacy unit that includes the implementation and management of statewide HIV/AIDS public policy and advocacy agenda through collaborative and coalition building strategies.

She also has served as director of legislative affairs for the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and assistant director of HIV and Social Services for the Lynn Community Health Center.

The Fr. Dineen Award committee said Contreras' career "exemplifies Archbishop Oscar A. Romero's ideals to work for justice and human dignity and Fr. Dineen's commitment to service and leadership in the Latino community."

- Stephen Gawlik

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