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President's Award for Excellence in Leadership

At the April 2016 student event the LCU Fund for Women's Education Board of Directors recognized its 2016 recipient and nine finalists of the President's Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award, named in honor of past LCU foundation president Carol Farris, is designed to recognize outstanding leadership demonstrated by a current student beneficiary in her home and / or school community.

The 2017 winner and nominees will be recognized at the Fund's annual fundraiser on October 19, 2017.

2016 Recipient: Breanna Joiner

Breanna Joiner with her parentsBreanna Joiner is in her final year of studies at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York (CCNY). She has been named to the Dean’s List and earned induction into the National Society for Leadership and Success. Last summer Breanna received a PURT Fellowship through the CCNY - Memorial Sloan Kettering Partnership during which she conducted research in radiology with a physician researcher. She continues to volunteer with the On Common Ground HIV/AIDS Awareness Project, work she began in high school, and the Harlem Children’s Zone and Get Fit Project.

On campus she has been an active member of the American Medical Student Association, the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association. She has been most involved with the Christian Medical and Dental Association where she served as treasurer and then president. During her presidency, she helped to establish the local group as an official chapter of the national organization. Two summers ago, she traveled on a medical mission to Ghana with the Global Medical Brigades. This fall, she will matriculate at Albany Medical College. Her quiet form of leadership inspires others to follow her lead. She will one day be a wonderful doctor who truly makes a difference in her community.

2016 Finalists

Rebecca Chavez, a senior at Hunter College pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, is a devoted volunteer in her community. Through her internships and community work, she provides diabetes and lipid profile screening for minority communities and is the Long Island Regional Director for the Nursing Students Association of the New York States Executive Board.

Eugenia Garcia-Dubus was awarded her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in forensics at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice / CUNY Graduate Center. Eugenia is described as a passionate educator and clinician, committed to working in poor communities of color, at the intersection of incarceration and mental health. Through her work in emergency rooms and detention centers in the Bronx as well as at inpatient wards in Santo Domingo, Eugenia strives to give those she serves a sense of their own power and capability.

Molly Goldman will graduate from the Juilliard School in May with a Master of Music degree. A stellar student and leader in the viola department, Molly has participated in countless opportunities beyond the school's degree requirements, including being in the Honors Chamber Music Program and serving a leadership role for the volunteer AXIOM Ensemble and New Juilliard Ensemble. Molly also currently holds two important teaching fellowships: the Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship and the Music Advancement Program Fellowship.  

Lauren Henderson is completing her Rabbinical Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lauren works hard to enhance any community she is a part of, taking seriously the values of the community and the personal needs and quirks of those within it. Deeply committed to interfaith work, Lauren lived in and was a devoted member of an interfaith housing community at the Union Theological Seminary.

Nancy Hennessy is in her final year of studies at the General Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Nancy is a natural leader who displays wisdom and calm during difficult times. Recognizing her wisdom and leadership capability, she was selected by her peers as the Senior Class Representative to the Community Council and represented the Seminary at the 2015 General Convention held in Salt Lake City.

Nineli Khachikian will receive her Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art in May 2017. Raised in Iran — a country where a woman can be sent to jail for publicly speaking out in favor of the equality of the sexes, and where the production of figurative art is discouraged in favor of religious customs —Nineli has remained focused on her studio practice, inspiring others like her to remain focused on their passions, despite the many social and individual difficulties they may face.

Amanda Jaeger is completing her graduate studies at Baruch’s College School of Public Affairs. She has been a very active participant in co-curricular programs, in particular those that can develop her policy skills. Last fall, she became Baruch’s first Citizens Budget Commission Policy Fellow. She also serves as a School of Public Affairs “Ambassador,” welcoming new students and applicants and explaining the school’s programs to peers.

Katelynn Mills is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the New York Studio School. Katelynn serves as the elected Student Representative on the Board of Governors and as the school’s Gallery Coordinator, organizing exhibitions of student works. She is also a teaching assistant for David Cohen, a renowned contemporary art critic. Katelynn has proven to be a role model and source of guidance for the other students.

Jasmin Tobar is in her final year of studies at Columbia University School of Social Work. A proud Chicana and the first in her family to graduate from college, she co-chairs the Latino Caucus and has championed Latino culture by planning campus events like the Dia de Los Muertos celebration, and by working at the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center. Through her tireless activism, Jasmin has found her calling as an advocate for people of color everywhere. Rebecca Chavez, a senior at Hunter College pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, is a devoted volunteer in her community. Through her internships and community work, she provides diabetes and lipid profile screening for minority communities and is the Long Island Regional Director for the Nursing Students Association of the New York States Executive Board.