Social work student given University leadership award
Megan Alama, a second-year master's of social work student, was awarded the 2011 President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The University-wide award recognizes students for exceptional leadership and service to the campus and the surrounding community.
Some of the activities Alama has been involved with include volunteering at and serving on the board of the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, volunteering at the Minnesota American Indian Center, and co-coordinating the Sexual Assault Fundamentals Experience, an interdisciplinary event to educate health-professional students about best-practices in working with survivors of sexual assault. When a robbery and sexual assault and a murder occurred in her own south Minneapolis neighborhood last year, she provided resources, referrals, and crisis counseling for residents.
Each year, the leadership and service award is presented to approximately one-half of 1 percent of the student body. Alama will be honored with other recipients at a banquet on May 2.