Susan Cruz-Rodriguez

2017 NCORE-ISCORE Brenda Jones Change Agent Award recipient

The Brenda Jones Change Agent award recognizes an NCORE-ISCORE alumni who continues to contribute to the understanding and awareness of topics related to race and ethnicity and has created change in their community.

The 2017 NCORE-ISCORE Brenda Jones Change Agent Award recipient is Susan Cruz-Rodriguez. Susan has shown dedication to making race and ethnicity an educational topic within her sorority and community. In collaboration with Asian Pacific American Awareness Coalition, Black Student Alliance, and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Susan helped organize multiple spoken word events including the 2015 Intersections of Identity and the 2016 The Awakening Series to educate the campus on the experience of students of color at Iowa State.

In 2012, the NCORE-ISCORE Brenda Jones Change Agent Award was created, honoring Brenda Jones. Jones created the fourteen original paintings for ISCORE. In her own paintings she explores figurative compositions that express her love of color and her concerns about human relationships. They have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are included in many private and public art collections.