Julie Cravotto, a fourth-year history and political science double major and a University Honors Program student, has recently been honored with the 2019 University Medal.
The University Medal recognizes the top graduating senior for academic excellence, a dedication to community service, and the continuation of their leadership contributions to society. These values align with those of the University Honors Program and we are incredibly proud that Julie will be joining other Honors peers who have previously been awarded the University Medal.
Throughout her undergraduate career, Julie has pursued scholarship and has truly exemplified what it means to be an honors student at Davis. During her senior year, Julie researched sanctuary law and its evolution in California. This topic particularly interested her because her hometown, Berkeley, was the first sanctuary city in the state. Her research culminated in the writing of a 70-page honors thesis!
“UHP was fundamental to my success!”
Julie began her college career with the support of UHP. “I think living in Currant Hall created some of the best memories and relationships for me,” she says, “Those relationships are the ones that I have sustained over my four years at Davis, and have created a support group that I rely on to make it through college.” She also cites the many opportunities offered through UHP – including honors classes, advising, and honors contracts – are major factors that encouraged and motivated her.
What’s next for Julie? After graduation, she will be a Nancy Pelosi Fellow for the Democratic Party in San Francisco over the summer. She will then be a Capital Fellow in Sacramento and pursue a graduate degree in applied public policy at Sac State. Utilizing opportunities in UHP “helped me shine as a candidate in a very competitive program,” says Julie. She looks forward to a future career devoted to helping assuage socioeconomic inequality and displacement issues in the Bay Area community. We at UHP are excited to see what she will do next!