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Religion Honors Major Dina Zingaro '13 Receives the Oak Leaf Award

Dina Zingaro

The Oak Leaf Award, given to "the woman of the graduating class who is outstanding in leadership, scholarship, and contributions to the college community," was awarded to Dina Zingaro.

During her time at Swarthmore, Dina distinguished herself both as a student and a member of the campus community. She graduated with High Honors as a double major in religion and English literature. In 2012 she won the Religion Department's top prize for her essay, "Twenty-First Century Mutah," and was awarded a Summer Initiative Grant from the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility to live in three different monastic communities - Greek Orthodox, Soto Zen, and Theravadin Buddhist. Equally impressive was Dina's dedication to improving the quality of campus life. 

As a naturally open and empathetic person, Dina was an active member of Speak 2 Swatties, a peer-to-peer mental health counseling program that runs a 24-hour hotline and online chat room. Dina also helped found "Not Yet Sisters," a group that worked to establish an inclusive sorority at Swarthmore that welcomes all female-identifying students. In addition, she was an editor and writer for The Phoenix; served on the Orientation Committee to welcome and acclimate first year students; played on the tennis team; participated in Learning for Life; and volunteered with TopSoccer, a group that works with young, disabled athletes. That she could engage in so many activities while maintaining her academic excellence is a testament to Dina's spirit and energy.

To learn more about Dina Zingaro '13 click here.