New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Caroline Muraida
Caroline Muraida has been chosen to receive the student N.M. Distinguished Public Service Award for 2013 based on her collegiate and community activities. Ms. Muraida, who graduatesin May with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Foreign Languages from the University of New Mexico, is currently applying to graduat programs in economics, urban planning, and global development. She served the University as student body president, chair of the Student Fee Review Board and as a student body senator. As Chief Executive Officer of the Associated Students of UNM, Ms. Muraida more than 40 employed students, and hundreds of volunteer and appointed positions.During her term, she served as a primary student advocate for statewide Lottery Scholarship Reform, working with community and government leaders to find a solution.

Academically, she is a National Hispanic Merit Scholarship recipient, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, the Mortar Board Senior Honors Society, and a perennial Dean’s List recipient. Ms. Muraida received the University’s Clauve Outstanding Senior Award for 2013, was featured for her leadership in the Albuquerque Business First, Women of Influence Edition, in 2013, and earned Best Delegate recognition at the 2011 Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Singapore.

In Albuquerque, Ms. Muraida has apprenticed with the Casa de Salud Family Medical Office, worked as interim director of Global Skills for Young Adults with the Albuquerque International Association, and worked as an intern with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Women’s Health. Ms. Muraida has participated in community panel discussions including the Domenici Public Policy Conference, N.M. Shared Knowledge Conference, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) New Mexico State Convention, the UNM Women’s Resource Center, and the LGBTQ Resource Center-sponsored Transgender Awareness Week.

Ms. Muraida has extensive study abroad experience in community and economic development.During the summer of 2011, Ms. Muraida conducted participatory rural appraisal of water usage and health-related issues in the village of Kotumachi, Karnataka, India (pop. 6895) on a project supported by the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, a branch of the national Indian government. The work was presented to community leaders to help facilitate changes in local water policy.

AdditonallyAdditionally, Ms. Muraida co-authored a report on the fiscal and social impact of development surrounding a recently uncovered archeological site in Tamiahua, Veracruz, Mexico while, working with local government, residents and faculty from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Her work resulted in the development of a archeological research project beginning in the summer of 2011.

. Muraida is aUSA Track and Field, Junior Olympic Racewalking Champion, and a formerracewalking coach for the Albuquerque Track Club. She is also a CertifiedAuricularDetoxificationSpecialist and has worked with the MetropolitanAssessmentandTreatmentCenter’sDrugRehabilitationProgram as a volunteer AcudetoxSpecialist.