Graduate Student Joanne Kang Wins Campus Life Award

Graduate Student Joanne Kang Wins Campus Life Award

Joanne KangJoanne Kang, a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration and Policy Program at SESP, won a Campus Life Award for contributing to the improvement of student life at Northwestern for spring quarter 2016. Her award was in the social justice category.

Kang was recognized for her dedication to social justice, mediating conflict and celebrating difference across campus, according to the Office for Student Engagement.

Each quarter the Office of Student Engagement presents Campus Life Awards to recognize students who have improved the Northwestern community through program development, bridging cultural differences or engaging students in a more inclusive campus community.

As a graduate assistant for Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), Kang planned an event called JubilAsian for Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as well as several other new events. For Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American students, she led monthly events called Solidari-Teas and partnered with Counseling and Psychological Services to help address mental health concerns within the community.

“I've learned how to assess student needs in an empathetic manner by building relationships with students and implementing best practices around Asian American student support,” Kang said. “I am deeply grateful for the support from friends, MSA staff, and mentors who have guided my growth in advocacy for students of color at the university.”

Kang was a Graduate Assistant at MSA from September 2015 to June 2016 for her internship in the Higher Education program. “The College Student course taught by Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier and TA'ed by Tiffany Gonzalez and Cassie Eskridge explored various student development theories, including moral development and Asian American racial identity development, which I use daily in my work to this day,” Kang noted.

Members of the Northwestern community may nominate a student for a Campus Life Award through the Office of Student Engagement website

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/19/17