FOCA Student Leadership Award Recipient
The Faculty of Color Association (FOCA) Student Leadership Award will be awarded annually to a student (or students) of color with financial need who have demonstrated leadership or contributed to diversity and inclusion efforts on campus.
Stonehill College is deeply grateful to the faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who have joined together with our Faculty of Color Association (FOCA) to establish the FOCA Student Leadership Award.
2021-2022 Academic Year Recipient
Scholar Name: Tahj Valentine
Field of Study: Management
Hometown: Morristown, NJ
Award Recipient Background
The 2021-2022 Student Government Association President, Tahj Valentine ’22 has made many contributions to the Stonehill College community, including serving as a student liaison on our Institutional Diversity Action Committee; co-founding the group Students in Action; and facilitating the Fall 2020 Student Sit-In. He is also a member of the football team, MOSAIC, the Black Student Union and co-founded Beacon of Light (the first Gospel choir at Stonehill). Additionally, Tahj is a teaching assistant, business ambassador, FYE facilitator, and RA.
In her nomination of Tahj for the inaugural FOCA Student Leadership Award, Former Director of Residence Life Kristen Pierce '01 wrote that Tahj feels a “deep responsibility to work collaboratively with others across campus to address issues of social justice and bring people together to work towards a common goal” and that Tahj has succeeded in “taking on numerous leadership roles, building connections with campus leadership, and role modeling to peers what it means to enact positive change.”