Laureate is Here For Good

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organization use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our faculty and institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen. To us, this is about permanence and purpose. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

While there are countless examples of incredible service and innovation across our vast network, every year we recognize specific examples through the Here for Good Awards. These awards are given to members of the Laureate network who are creating exceptional positive social impact in their community. In 2018, there is one winner and honorees in two categories, respectively: student/graduate and faculty/staff.

Student/graduate category: Melanie Tran, a Digital Media student at Torrens University Australia, is a disruptor, an innovator, an activist, and an entrepreneur. Every day, she fights to make the world more inclusive and accessible for the one billion people who live with disabilities. She is the co-founder and Lead UX Designer at AbilityMate, which uses 3D printing to create custom-made orthoses. AbilityMate has engaged over 100 individuals with disabilities and their families through co-design workshops and mobilized more than 500 supporters and allies to jumpstart clinical trials and secure regulatory authorization. In addition, she is the UX Designer at Hireup, an online platform for people with disabilities to find, hire, and manage support workers, which currently has over 27,000 users. Her leadership has helped both ventures achieve significant impact and scale.

Faculty/staff category: Mário Vicente Guimarães is a Neurologist and Medical Professor at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (UAM) and the founder of Medicos de Mundo, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide multidisciplinary care to people living in vulnerable situations. Through Medicos de Mundo, he and Professor Elaine Peixoto started Medicos de Rua, an initiative which brings medical care and other services directly to homeless people living in São Paulo. Every month, they take a team of nearly 40 students to the streets of São Paulo to provide check-ups and medical services to the city’s homeless population. The team has treated close to 5,800 people who do not have the resources to visit traditional clinics.

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2018 Student/graduate honorees   



Elena Aguilera, Ricardo Borjas, Miguel Rivera, Alicia Sierra

UNITEC Honduras

Andrea Cruz

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)

 Yanira Estrada Ramírez


Wesley Fernandes de Castro and Fernanda Mariany

Universidade Potiguar (UnP)

Maria Alice Cruz and Gilce Azevedo

Universidade Potiguar (UnP)

Richard Kara

Walden University

Mar Layseca and Sebastian Paredes

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)

Simay Salı Sevik

Istanbul Bilgi University

Geórgia Nunes


2018 Faculty/staff honorees



Girls in Games Team

Media Design School

Emma Donaldson and team

Torrens University Australia

Marcelo Lucero and Lorena Vidal


Thiago Mendes de Lima


To learn more about Laureate’s Here for Good mission, visit