Rico Garcia (Artsci '13)

A defining characteristic of Rico as a person and a leader is his consistency of positive interactions with others and his ability to put others at ease. He has been called a “natural leader” and an “inspiration” by his supporters and peers. It would be difficult to pinpoint where Rico has had the greatest impact on his respective communities due to the wide range of activities he has been involved in. His engagement in the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society spanned from serving as an academic representative on the University Senate to running the society as President. During Rico’s presidency, the BFA programme suspension took place and his tactful approach was key to facilitate discussion amongst relevant parties that led to his strong advocacy for Fine Arts students. Rico later took on the role of President of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association and worked wonders for the organization’s engagement with the alumni, student, and Kingston communities alike. His initiatives as President of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association have included the creation of an international relations portfolio, which connects students on exchange with alumni abroad, foundation of a mentorship program in Calgary, assisting with the Initiative Campaign launch events, and asserting his position as an ex-officio member of the Queen’s Board of Trustees. He also served as the co-chair for the Senate Orientation Activities Review Board, where he oversaw the student-run Orientation Week that is a core part of the student experience at Queen’s. Rico has extended his support and advice far beyond the boundaries of the positions he has held at Queen’s. Even in the past year, he became an informal advisor for CFRC along with other student groups. Rico’s approachability has been a hallmark of his leadership at Queen’s and his dedicated support of his fellow peers and university deserves great recognition.