Fashion Studies Alum Carlos Osuna ’19 Wins Univision “Agent of Change” Award

A collage of Carlos Osuna and one of his designsCarlos Osuna (left) and one of Carlos’s designs. Photos courtesy of David Grant.
Fashion alum Carlos Osuna ’19 recently won Univision’s “Agent of Change” award, which recognizes Latin youth and artists making positive contributions in their communities.

CHICAGO—July 17, 2019. Fashion alum Carlos Osuna ’19 recently won Univision’s “Agent of Change” award alongside four other artist recipients. The “Agent of Change” award, part of Univision’s “Premios Juventud” youth awards, recognizes Latin youth and artists making positive contributions in their communities. This year’s “Premios Juventud” ceremony will air live on Univision Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

“At Univision, we are proud to recognize and honor youth who are making positive contributions in and for our community. ‘Premios Juventud’ is a celebration of music and pop culture, and through the ‘Agent of Change’ award, we seek to place the spotlight on individuals committed to leaving a positive mark,” said Ignacio Meyer, Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Music at Univision. “Whether it's a beloved superstar or an everyday hero, we want their stories to inspire and motivate young Latinos to become leaders for change.”

Osuna was nominated for the “Agent of Change” award through his disabled consumer fashion collection, which he created for his senior collection during the Spring 2019 semester. The collection promotes diversity, inclusion, and visibility by presenting functional design for disabled consumers. Fashion Studies Associate Professor Virginia Heaven, who has worked closely with Osuna, says “[he] continued to develop and grow as a designer and artist [during his program]. He is an exceptional talent, and I expect he will be a well known name in design at some point in the next ten years.” Osuna’s “Agent of Change” win follows his placement in the Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence.

Earlier this year, Columbia students earned $27,500 in total national scholarships for their fashion design, merchandising, and marketing skills. Osuna himself earned $2,500 from the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation.

Columbia’s Fashion Studies program prepares students for a rapidly changing world of fashion. It offers a collaborative workshop-style learning environment, balancing innovative, inclusive, and eco-conscious design creativity with business acumen, trendspotting, and multi-media know-how. More information about the program and its national and international opportunities is available here.


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