2023 Recipients

Graduate recipients

Christina Dantam

Kevin Albert

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Christina Dantam, an Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health graduate from Indianapolis, Indiana, is dedicated to advancing reproductive autonomy and equitable access to health care. Christina has partnered with the Indiana Women's Prison to develop health promotional road maps for incarcerated women. Through her nonprofit involvement, she has advanced comprehensive health care improvement, educational planning, and improved social well-being for children of low socioeconomic status in India. She has also served as president of the MPH Student Association.

Kate Kollman

Alejandro Bolivar

School of Nursing

Kate Kollman, an Indiana University School of Nursing doctor of nursing practice graduate from Lafayette, Indiana, is determined to create a positive change. Kate's passions are rooted in democratic values to address health inequity, racism, aging, immigration, and food insecurity. Kate loves to volunteer. Kate is a grateful member of IUPUI's Graduate and Professional Student Government, served as the first IU School of Nursing-AARP Legislative Fellow, and is the mother of two incredible kids.

Alejandra Mendez

Sean Buehler

School of Medicine

Alejandra Méndez, an Indiana University School of Medicine student from Mandeville, Louisiana, has spearheaded initiatives to provide free skin cancer screenings at the Student Outreach Clinic and skin care educational sessions for homeless women in Indianapolis through the Women's Dermatologic Society. It has been an honor for her to watch these initiatives blossom.

Alyssa Pier

Michael Harding

School of Liberal Arts

Alyssa Pier, an Indiana University School of Liberal Arts graduate from Kokomo, Indiana, is dedicated to authentic storytelling, community collaboration, and representation of marginalized voices in history and museums. Advocating for sustainable partnerships and bridging relationships, Alyssa engages with the Indianapolis and campus communities along with her hometown in her responsibilities as collections intern at the Eiteljorg Museum, academic communications support in the Center for Service and Learning, and secretary for the Howard County Historical Society Board of Trustees.

Kevin Prather

Sara Hindi

School of Social Work

Kevin J. Prather, an Indiana University School of Social Work graduate from Indianapolis, Indiana, is committed to the protracted struggle that is necessary in community organizing to build community capacity to challenge capitalist systems of oppression. Kevin has worked in a peer recovery support role and organizes with local abolitionists to empower neighbors, confront injustice, and build a world that honors freedom and love.

Haleigh Rigger

Maria Khan

School of Social Work

Haleigh Rigger, an Indiana University School of Social Work student from Bedford, Indiana, has a passion for creating safer communities through connection, interdependence, and accessibility. As a nonprofit consultant specializing in capacity building, program design, and evaluation, Haleigh brings over a decade of experience at the intersections of mental health and disability justice, housing access, and anti-violence.

Jake Whiteside

Eric Klipsch

School of Medicine

Jake Whiteside, an Indiana University School of Medicine graduate from Shelbyville, Indiana, is dedicated to improving the lives and safety of disabled veterans by leading the Indiana chapter of Purple Heart Homes, an organization that provides home modifications for veterans in need. To date, he has led the chapter in a $10,000+ ADA-compliant bathroom remodel and is currently working to expand partnerships across Indiana to serve even more veterans for years to come.