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LBJ Civic Leadership Award Recipients

2017 Recipients

Our FIRST LBJ Civic Leadership Award recipients: Chelsea Whittington (L), Fatima (Toomi) Al-Dhahi (C), and Gabriel; Schrade (R).

Chelsea Whittington 

Chelsea shares LBJ's roots as an educator and is passionate about serving others. With over 450 service hours, Chelsea seeks to enrich young lives through creativity, focusing on at-risk/disadvantaged children. She is active in the San Marcos community as an Art Space class leader at The Centro Cultural Community Center where she provides art lessons that include personal, cultural, and artistic relevance for six- to eight-year-olds. She has interned with Art Feeds, a program to reach at-risk children through the arts. Chelsea is passionate about serving persons with disabilities, as well. She has championed and participated in programs such as the San Marcos Parks & Recreation Dance with Disabilities, Marbridge (home for adults with disabilities) and the Special Olympics. 


Fatima (Toomi) Al-Dhahi 

Toomi fulfills the legacy of LBJ's passion for civil rights and social discourse as a PACE Peer Mentor. Toomi encourages and supports her students to discuss the complex levels of systemic inequality by connecting them to resources to help them become the best people they can be. As a student leader, she has demonstrated a passion for serving and mentoring while challenging herself and others to continue developing as leaders on campus. Toomi encourages students to serve as social justice advocates and to be a resource to those in need. Through her various roles, Toomi provides a critical lens for social issues, inequities and systems to be discussed and understood by her peers. 


Gabriel Schrade 

Gabe embodies LBJ's determination and drive to make an impact on each individual he meets. Gabe is a member of the Texas State University football team where he was voted captain by his teammates. He encourages his team even after a losing season. "That was when leading was the hardest, and yet most important to blaze a new path, and resolve to commit to meeting the standard of excellence even when circumstances are dire," He said. As a member of Student Government, Gabe helped to establish the Bobcats United Program and worked with the city of San Marcos to improve parking. Gabe also coordinated a Valentine Dance at the San Marcos Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. A Finance major, Gabe made a 4.0 this past Fall while starting at tight end for the Bobcats.