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CBB Changemakers

CBB's legacy of changing lives and communities is indisputable. Check out these CBB Changemakers from among our students, faculty, and alumni who are out getting into good trouble every day! 

Dr. Maria Nieto Senour Heart of CBB Award


The Maria Nieto Senour Heart of CBB Award is established by CBB for Life to honor Dr. Maria Nieto Senour’s exemplary service to the program. A peer nominated award, it is presented to leaders who embody the social justice ideals of the CBB program and work to transform the world into an easier place to love. 

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40 Years of Distinguished Service

Dr. Maria Nieto Senour joined the Community Based Block graduate program at San Diego State University as an Assistant Professor in 1976, and after 37 years as a professor and Program Director, retired as Professor Emeritus in 2014. 


Throughout her decades of advocacy and service, Maria exemplified how an ethic of love and connection was both healing for individuals, and transformative for communities. Dr. Nieto Senour is an elected official, activist, community leader, partner, sister, parent and grandparent. And, she is a friend to many.


About the Award

The award is a heart shaped plaque fashioned from African padauk or coralwood, native to central and tropical west Africa, from Nigeria east to Congo-Kinshasa and south to Angola. At the bottom of the award reads the Zulu greeting Sawubona, meaning "We see you" as an invitation to a deep witnessing and presence. This greeting forms an agreement to affirm and investigate the mutual potential and obligation that is present in a given moment. At its deepest level, this "seeing" is essential to human freedom.


The award is open for nomination throughout the year and is selected annually in August. Awardees receive a $500 gift to donate to the non-profit or grass roots organization of their choosing.

The Dr. Maria Nieto Senour Heart of CBB Award

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