2019 graduate earns Ping Student Service Award

Raissa Kanku ’19

Shortly after graduating in May, Raissa Kanku received the Ohio Campus Compact’s Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, which honors “the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers.” A double-major in politics and government and French and a resident of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kanku’s multiple OWU Connection experiences included projects exploring: the role of community service volunteers within vulnerable spaces; slavery in Libya; spatial justice and mentorship of children in the Congo; migration and human rights in Mexico; redlining (denying services to specific neighborhoods or populations) in Chicago and Paris; Hurricane Katrina reconstruction in New Orleans; interfaith collaborations in Pittsburgh; and local homelessness in Delaware, Ohio. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs at the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland.


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