English & Creative Writing major Fredrick Cherry Jr. receives 2019 Dean's Achievement Award
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named undergraduates Fredrick Cherry, Jr., and Logina (Gina) Mostafa as recipients of the 2019 Dean’s Achievement Award. The award is given to outstanding undergraduate students who are eligible for services from the Center for Diversity and Enrichment.
Cherry is a student in the English and Creative Writing program and was nominated by Professor of English Stephen Voyce. He was born and raised in Chicago. While attending the University of Iowa, Cherry established the Black Faculty Series, which brings together students of color and African American faculty; served as a resident assistant; was a fall 2016 initiate of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; was a part of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, where he presented his research analyzing how Black men navigate their masculinity in relation to space through the lens of Trayvon Martin; and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, working to build houses for the homeless. Among his many additional contributions to the university, he was elected National Pan-Hellenic Council President and served as the Black Student Success Coordinator for the On Iowa! orientation program for entering students. His current research which culminates in his English Honors Thesis focuses on notions of Black freedom and liberation. Cherry was recently admitted to the University of Maryland's PhD program in English, where he plans to study African American literature.