Alex Coccia’s (’14) Notre Dame story began when he celebrated his first birthday on campus, and continued as he excelled in a variety of opportunities as an undergraduate. He served as student body president in 2013-14, conducted thesis research on conflict reconciliation in Rwanda, and founded the 4 to 5 Movement to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students and their allies. He majored in Africana Studies and Peace Studies, winning the top academic award for the latter. He won two monograms on the varsity fencing team, including the 2011 national champions, and won the student-athlete award for community service.
Coccia also taught fencing to students in Uganda, led a student campaign against sexual assaults on campus and helped change admissions policies so undocumented students could attend Notre Dame. His efforts on behalf of under-represented populations on campus led to the Collins Award for advancing the interests of students. He also earned the Truman-Albright Fellowship, working this year in Washington, D.C., to address issues from domestic violence to health care.