Harvard Public Affairs and Communication’s own Elizabeth Asefa was recently honored by Breakthrough Greater Boston with its Breakthrough Spirit Award at its 25th anniversary celebration.
Asefa is an alumna of Breakthrough Greater Boston, which provides year-round, tuition-free programs that offer six years of academically intensive out-of-school time services to highly-motivated, traditionally underserved middle and high school students in Greater Boston.
Born in Ethiopia, Asefa immigrated to the United States with her family when she was six years old. She attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and then continued her studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health, and graduated in 2013.
Today, Asefa is a program coordinator for the Harvard Public School Partnerships team, which works to foster educational opportunities by connecting Harvard University resources to the public schools in both Boston and Cambridge.
“We are incredibly proud of Elizabeth for her ongoing dedication to helping inspire students throughout Boston and Cambridge,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for public affairs and communications at Harvard University. “Her commitment to her work, her passion for giving back to the community, and her positive attitude make her a rising star at Harvard and in the community, and we’re confident that she will continue to contribute in new and exciting ways.”