USF presented with 2024 Friendship Award by Spanish Community Center.

Joliet, Ill. – During its annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, March 7, the Spanish Community Center (SCC) in Joliet presented the University of St. Francis (USF) with the 2024 Friendship Award in recognition of the University’s ongoing partnership with and support of the Center.

“The University of St. Francis is a proud, long-time partner of the Spanish Community Center.  As Will County’s only federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, USF is grateful for and encouraging of the SCC’s mission in support of the communities we serve.  We thank the SCC for recognizing this through its Friendship Award,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

Sebastian Mireles, USF Donor Engagement and Giving Manager, attended the event (held at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Joliet) and accepted the award on the University’s behalf.

“It is a great honor for the students, faculty and staff of USF to receive the Friendship Award. We thank the Spanish Community Center for valuing our friendship and partnership to a degree of such great recognition. Thanks to each and every person from USF that volunteered or participated in any way with or in support of the Spanish Community Center, as this award would not have been possible without you,” Mireles said.

About the Spanish Community Center

Since 1969, the Spanish Community Center (SCC) helps improve the quality of life for Latinos, immigrants, and low-income people through educational and social services. Visit to learn more about the SCC.

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