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KuShinda Leadership Awards 2017

April 26, 2017 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s KuShinda 2017 celebration included the presentation of graduation stoles to, and reflections from, members of the OWU Class of 2017. (Photo by Sara Blake)

OWU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Celebrates a Year of Achievements

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs celebrates KuShinda (to be victorious) each spring as a way to recognize outstanding student leadership, academic achievement, and community impact.

On April 23, OMSA honored the following students, alumni, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments during the 2016-2017 academic year.

KuShinda Leadership Awards 2017

Rising Star Leadership Awards

  • Iyana Buckmon ’20
  • Austin Moore ’20

Lotus Leadership Awards

  • MaLia Walker ’19
  • Adedayo Akinmadeyemi ’19

The Reverend Jon R. Powers Jitstis Sosyal

  • Emma Nuiry ’17
  • Ryan Bishop ’17

Greg Moore ‘NayNaToe’ Warrior Spirit Awards

  • Lauryn Carter ’17
  • Dalia Lorenzo ’17
  • Marlene Polio ’17

Najaah and Excellence Awards

  • Areena Arora ’17

Bishop Legacy Alumni Awards

  • Lana Rucks ’95

Pete and Barbara Smith Outstanding Student Leadership Awards

  • Lissette Gonzalez ’17
  • Michael Mora-Brenes ’17

Harambee Outstanding Organization Awards

  • VIVA Latinx

Liderazgo Outstanding Senior Leadership Awards

  • Lissette Gonzalez ’17
  • Michael Mora-Brenes ’17

Community Partnership Awards

  • Cathy Holland, Registrar’s Office
  • LJ Maynard, Chartwells
  • Zack Long, associate professor of English
  • Office of the Registrar

In the OWU Spirit Awards

  • Rosa Escobar ’17
  • Trent Williams ’17
  • Leslie Melton, director of career services

Congratulations, KuShinda award-winners, may you continue to lead!


Photos from the Event

2017 KuShinda Awards Ceremony


Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.