Distinguished Service Medal Awarded

Dr. Rhonda Ríos Kravitz

Dr. Rhonda Ríos Kravitz, Sac State alumna and former Head of Library Access Services, was awarded the 2024 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. She and the other recipients will be honored at the 2024 Commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Ríos Kravitz graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Humanities. She went on to earn her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She returned to Sac State in 1990 as a Library faculty member before becoming the Head of Access Services (now User Services). Beginning in 2007, she served as Dean of the Learning Resource Center at Sacramento City College and retired in 2014 to pursue work on equity, diversity and immigration issues full time.

Part of this work brought her back to the University Library in 2021 when she and the Sacramento Movimiento Chicano and Mexican American Education Oral History Project gifted a collection of 98 audio-video histories to our Special Collections & University Archives. The Chicano Oral History Project is a perfect encapsulation of Made at Sac State, as many of the people interviewed (including Rhonda herself) are Sacramento State graduates turned faculty, staff, and administrators.

The University Library extends our congratulations and heartiest gratitude to Dr. Ríos Kravitz for her lifetime of work at Sacramento State and beyond.