Congratulations to Carmen Urbina — OCF Leadership Council member and scholarship volunteer — who recently was awarded a City Club of Eugene 2011 Turtle Award. The award is given to a community member who has earned “respect and affection for their willingness to stick their neck out to achieve a common good.”
Carmen has served as director of Centro Latino Americano, family liaison for 4J, president of City Club, and chair of City of Eugene Human Rights Com-mission. She has worked with the LCC budget committee, a policy committee in the College of Ed at the UO, and Educacion y Justicia para la Raza.
According to the writeup for her award, “Carmen challenges folks to think out of the box, to open their minds to new ways of thinking, to address the needs of all people. As the Parent, Community and Diversity Coordinator for Eugene 4J, Carmen encourages staff to have those ‘courageous conversations’ that will create the best environment for kids to learn. Carmen is passionate and savvy and not afraid to engage in gentle confrontation. She is a bridge builder with a purpose — always warm, always willing to help others. Over many years, Carmen has offered good listening skills and wise leadership on contentious issues."