Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management honor recipients, nominated by faculty and staff based not only on their academic achievement, but their volunteer service to the campus and community, were honored with breakfast and a formal program on campus before the semester ended.
Chancellor Leo E. Morton congratulated all the recipients, indicating they “stood out in a competitive environment [and] gave the gift of selflessness.”
Each student, joined by family and close friends — some who had traveled thousands of miles, offered their own emotional words of gratitude.
“UMKC is where I feel safe, where I find peace,” said Faiza Chaudhry, who received her M.A. in Higher Educational Administration this spring. She is Muslim, and said she finds acceptance among her peers that she doesn’t always find in public. She taught herself, because she had been denied an education, and received a high school GED. She has three children she’s raising herself while her husband lives overseas. Chaudhry was nominated by Angela Cottrell, Tara McGuffin and Chiluba Musonda.
The second School of Education student honoree was Gloria Anderson (an iPh.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction with a co-discipline in Educational Leadership) who was nominated by Breann Branch. After completing her degree, Anderson plans to continue her work with health care disparities, cultural competency and advance care planning education.