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Hedgeman Center Celebrates Student, Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

On Thursday, April 22, the 2021 Hedgeman Honors and Awards was held virtually with over 70 faculty, staff, students and family members in attendance, recognizing undergraduate student excellence in academic, leadership and service. In addition to recognizing graduating seniors’ accomplishments and their plans for the future, student leader Gashia Vue delivered the Senior Address.

Receiving Outstanding Student Awards were: Kou Thao (first year), Henry Harriel (first year), Alex Yang (sophomore), Pearl Buabeng (sophomore), Jazmin Clausen-Thomas (junior) and Gashia Vue (senior).

The top awards of the evening went to Professor Matt Sumera (Dr. Colleen S. Bell Outstanding Faculty Award), Gaith Hijazin (Outstanding Staff Award), Anthony Meng (Outstanding Student Ally) and the Hmong Student Association (Multicultural Alliance Student Organization-of-the-Year). Dieu Do received the Barbara Simmons “Eagle” Award, the highest award given at the Hedgeman Honors and Awards. Additionally, Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud received the Leavy Oliver “Director’s” Award.

The program is organized by the Hamline University Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs, which helps create and sustain an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates and advances student and campus diversity at Hamline University. The center seeks to support, empower, and promote the success of all students with particular attention to U.S. students of color, first generation students and others from historically marginalized backgrounds. For more information, please call the Hedgeman Center at 651-523-2423 or visit Hedgeman Center website.