2011 City-County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Honoree
The City-County annual award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and exemplified Dr. King's non-violent philosophy. Ms. Aleman is one of only two people to receive this honor in 2011.
"This year's recipients honor the legacy of Dr. King through their service to our community," Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "Elena Aleman is a leader who is already making a difference in our community at a young age. She reflects the best of Madison and I am proud to have this opportunity to recognize her work."
Ms. Aleman attended West High School in Madison. She's majoring in Spanish and is interested in exploring the social services field for future employment.
Ms. Aleman is involved in church and is dedicated to her community. She volunteers for workshops that focus on race and issues of white privilege. She is a positive leader and role model for young people, encouraging them to continue higher education. In addition to volunteering for St Joseph's, and for the Catholic Multicultural Center, Ms. Aleman also volunteers with AIDS Network Madison. She is currently president of ALAS, Association of Latino(a) students at Edgewood College.