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The JHBC OAE Student Opportunity Fund Spring 2023 Recipient!

Marta Barreto JHBC OAE Student Opportunity Fund


The JHBC Office of Academic Equity Social Justice Recipient

The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration’s Office of Academic Equity is delighted to announce Marta Barreto, an MBA student, as the recipient of the 2023 Student Opportunity Fund: Social Justice award. This $500 prestigious cash award honor recognizes Barreto's exceptional dedication and commitment to social justice issues. 

Barreto was nominated for this award by Dr. Breena Coates, a management professor emerita at CSUSB and a key figure responsible for PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education).  Barreto submitted her essay that went through a thorough review by the Advocates committee.  The Advocates committee members unanimously agreed that Barreto deserves this award.

As an MBA student at CSUSB, Barreto has demonstrated an unwavering determination to overcome obstacles and achieve success. In her own words, she describes herself as someone who has, "scaled the walls of success through determination and a sheer willingness to overcome my shortcomings." Barreto is deeply committed to empowering individuals and fostering thriving communities. It is this dedication that has earned her the Student Opportunity Fund: Social Justice award. Her life's mission is to advocate for the voiceless and highlight the value of seeing others through a different lens, leading them to a place of belonging and success.

When asked to define Academic Equity, Barreto expressed that it is a gateway to endless opportunities and knowledge, "a beacon of hope that can dispel the shadows of uncertainty and bridge the gaps of impoverishment and pain”. She firmly believes that everyone should have equal access to this gateway, free from prejudice or financial barriers. Barreto recognizes that the knowledge gained through academic equity leads to success, far outweighing the challenges she has faced. To her, Academic Equity represents the key to confidence, stability, and hope.


The OAE Student Opportunity Fund aims to provide financial assistance and recognition to students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to academic excellence, equity, and social justice. Through this fund, deserving students like Marta Barreto are empowered to pursue their educational goals and make a meaningful impact in their communities. The JHBC OAE is proud to support their endeavors and celebrate their achievements.

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