The York University Alumni Board has recognized four distinguished York students for their academic excellence and student leadership. We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Alumni Awards and Scholarships.
Anjelica Ramsewack (BA ’21) – Alumni Golden GRADitude Award
The Alumni Golden GRADitude Award recognizes graduating students who leave York University a better place thanks to the significant leadership they demonstrated during their time on campus. Communications studies graduate Anjelica Ramsewack (BA’21) has been recognized for her vast contributions to the student community during her time at Glendon College.
Anjelica held various senior positions within Glendon College Student Union, including VP of communications and VP of operations. In her role as VP of bilingual affairs, she became a key voice at York and Glendon in advocating for the importance of bilingual services and communications across the university to serve both francophone and anglophone students on campus.
In addition to her involvement in student governance, Anjelica was co-secretary general of the Glendon Model United Nations, helping to develop and execute the first-ever bilingual conference for high school students. Her experience in student government and clubs led her to establish the Glendon Communications Student Association, of which she was also president.
"Being a part of these organizations and being able to contribute significantly to the school and the students brought me joy during my time at Glendon,” says Anjelica. “I was able to grow as an individual and that is something I will take away with me."
In September Anjelica will be returning to York to pursue a Master of Management at the Schulich School of Business, with the hopes of building a career in business management or marketing.
Of this prize, Anjelica comments: "The energy I spent during my time at Glendon was worth it and this puts into perspective for me that my work was valuable to the community."
Moboluwajidide Joseph (BA ’21) – Alumni Golden GRADitude Award
The Alumni Golden GRADitude Award recognizes graduating students who leave York University a better place, thanks to the significant leadership they demonstrated during their time on campus. Communications student and former president of the Glendon College Student Union, Moboluwajidide Joseph, is one of this year’s recipients, acknowledged for his noteworthy contributions to student life at Glendon College and York.
A vocal supporter of the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education on campus, Moboluwajidide assisted with campaigns and initiatives that aimed to tackle toxic masculinity on campus. He was also a student representative on the Sexual Violence and Policy Advisory Committee for two years.
As a national executive representative for the Canadian Federation of Students’ Black Caucus, Moboluwajidide has been a key voice in student-led and centered responses to anti-black racism framework development processes and lobbying efforts.
"My time at Glendon has been amazing and wondrous,” he says. “One of the reasons I wanted to go to university was to discover myself and figure out who I was, what my values and principles were and how these coincided with my goals and ambitions. Glendon created space for me to do that."
This fall, Moboluwajidide looks forward to joining the University of Toronto as a MA candidate studying geography.
"I hope to specifically focus on Black geographies’ and the experience of Black communities in Toronto when they come under surveillance and how that impacts their lived experiences. I’ve always believed that research should have a practical impact on day-to-day life and being given this opportunity to do this research at such an institution is beyond my wildest dreams and hopes."