Ed Bustos, director of international admission, received the 2018 Thaddeus Seymour Staff Award for Community Engagement during Rollins’ Annual Staff Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 24.
Named for the College’s 12th president, the annual award was established in 2006 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for sustainable and demonstrated service in local and global communities. In the spirit of Rollins’ mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, this award is granted annually to a staff member who has transformed our community through community engagement.
On campus, Bustos is known as an ambassador for global citizenship. His positive energy is infectious as he enthusiastically builds relationships on campus, within the community, and across the globe.
“Whenever there is a weather alert or something worrisome happening on campus, his immediate concern is to keep the families of current international students informed and to make sure his students are OK,” said one commenter. “He is a fierce supporter of international students and works tirelessly to make sure the entire Rollins community provides a welcoming home environment.”
Bustos serves as both a board member and mentor for the Valencia Take Stock in Children Program, which works with members of the Central Florida community to increase college access and professional opportunities for low-income students in grades 9-12. By offering mentorship, advocacy services, networking events, and a college scholarship, the program endeavors to break the cycle of poverty for students and their families in Central Florida while giving students the chance to achieve their dreams and impact society in their own positive way.
Bustos also serves as a board member for A Gift for Teaching, whose mission is to improve public school education by providing resources and surplus materials free to teachers for their students in need.
A $500 donation will be made in Bustos’ honor to the community organization of his choice to further encourage his efforts in citizenship and leadership. In addition, he will be invited to direct one of this year’s SummerSERVE projects in partnership with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement.