Roberto from Sacramento, Calif.

1. Please tell us in 2-3 sentences why your nominee should win this award.  What
   sets him/her apart?

    Rhonda is a great role model to our students, she is always helping both inside and
beyond the walls of the library. I remember she helped me check out a voice recorder for my class when I was told I could not and she even gave me a pack of blank cassettes. Mrs. Rios is always help in outside the library and is an extraordinary community member.

2. Please discuss how the nominee has helped you and/or others and made your
    experience of the library a more positive one. For instance, did the nominee
    assist you in a research project or enhance your students' learning
    experience?

Mrs. Rios has helped our club a lot. When we did not have a classroom to hold our meetings she worked hard to find one and let us utilize it. Ensuring our success as student activists. Every time our club has a fundraiser Mrs. Rios always buys something from us and she even donated some drinks for our fundraiser. I am grateful to have such a wonderful librarian that ensures student success every time she can. I remember that a club member needed to watch a movie in which she had to analyze but could not find or check it out anywhere. Mrs. Rios checked this movie out for her, allowing her to write her analysis on the movie. Mrs. Rios again shows her genuine care for student success.

3. How does the nominee make the college, community college, or university a
    better place?

Mrs. Rios has a tendency to make any environment a positive growing experience whether it be in school or out of school. She has this atmosphere that when you are around her anything is possible and she will assist in making this vision of yours come true. If we had more staff like Mrs. Rios then we will all be successful students. Her dedication in students is noticeable when you first talk to her and she is very approachable.

4. How has the library, and the nominee in particular, had an impact on students
    and faculty and the teaching and learning process?

Mrs. Rios impact on our campus is immense she is always looking for ways to improve our campus regulations. This semester she offered me a job but I was not able to work due to my immigration status. She asked why? I then told her my situation and she began to advocate for my rights as a student to work at the campus. She is currently still working on trying to change that. Although she might not be able to do it, she has made me feel good and proud of her on how she handled the situation. Not a lot of people would try to advocate for me but in  doing so, she has shown me her heart of gold.

5. How has the individual demonstrated leadership in the campus community?

In our campus there is a limited amount of Latino/a staff members. Mrs. Rios is one of those Latinas who show great leadership skills to our Latino/a students especially to our female students. She is an active community member that also influences our Latina students to be as engaged in the community. She is always updating us on events and leadership trainings that make us stronger role models not leaders to our communities. She gives us responsibilities that challenges our leadership skills first hand. For example last semester we had to do a proposal for some laptops that were not being used. We had to make a proposal and propose it to depending on how we did determined whether or not we got the computers. This tool is useful when we propose for grants, donations and other things that I cannot think of right now.