Bruin Heroes Award

The Mongelli Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement recognizes innovative and inspiring projects organized by UCLA organizations.

Every day, thousands of students work in hundreds of groups on service projects worldwide. As a public institution, UCLA is dedicated to service and values the hard work of these Bruins and the passion motivating their endeavors. The goal of this award is to shine a light on these efforts.

The Mongelli Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement is awarded by the UCLA Volunteer Center Fellows, and award recipients are selected from among a pool of nominations compiled by a group of chief campus advisors. Winners of the award receive recognition and support from the Volunteer Center as well as a monetary award.

This award is named after Antoinette Mongelli, the first Executive Director of the UCLA Volunteer Center, in honor of her leadership, vision and service. Her work has enabled the UCLA Volunteer Center to develop and support a number of civic engagement groups, events and opportunities not only on campus, but extensively throughout Los Angeles.

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About Antoinette Mongelli

Antoinette Mongelli was the Founder and Executive Director of the UCLA Volunteer Center, where she worked with community organizations and volunteer programs to increase the involvement of the UCLA family in civic life. Ms. Mongelli brought to the Volunteer Center a unique understanding of the university’s work with public constituencies, as well as extensive experience creating new partnerships with community agencies that make a difference in Los Angeles. Previously, Ms. Mongelli served as the Assistant Chancellor/Chief of Staff for three chancellors. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of UCLA Special Events and Protocol. Prior to UCLA, Ms. Mongelli inaugurated and led Union Bank’s largest philanthropic event, benefiting the American Heart Association. Ms. Mongelli took a year off of university to serve as a VISTA volunteer in the Pacoima/San Fernando area where she coordinated projects designed to resolve immigrant housing disputes and increase community involvement in redevelopment projects. “Let us not be judged by our big acts of engagement but by the small acts of generosity, consideration and humanness towards others”.

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