Congratulations to Jose Miguel Ruiz, applied social researcher at Operation HOPE’s Los Angeles office, for receiving the University of Southern California (USC) Student Affairs and Social Work Alumni Association Award at the annual Dean’s Recognition Ceremony. This year, only 120 graduate and undergraduate students were honored with “The Order of the Torch”—for outstanding service in programs and organizations benefiting both USC and the community at large. Ruiz also received a $5,000 scholarship for outstanding commitment to service and leadership while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average.
Recognized for his integrity and determination for success, Ruiz was one of 16 students selected to form the 2016-17 Fellowship in Social Innovation program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The fellowship prepares students to lead positive change in communities, organizations, businesses and government. Anita Ward, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at HOPE, is credited with supporting Ruiz’s professional and academic career in the areas of organizational leadership, diversity and inclusion, applied research, innovation, and economic justice.
Ruiz is the proud father of a 2-year-old daughter, Maya Emmeline, and newborn son, Emmanuel Miguel.