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2014 - Maria Vargas and Sylvia Garcia

Maria Vargas, Sylvia Garcia and Alfred Maurice

Undergraduate students Maria Vargas and Sylvia Garcia created a network named L.E.A.D., whose purpose was to encourage and support more woman leadership in the Western Oregon University campus and community, as well as in the various career fields that the participants are pursuing. The project included a conference, bi-weekly meetings, mentoring, and job shadows.


2013 - Kyla Krehoff

Kyla Krehoff and Alfred Maurice

Kyla Krehoff created a 'super hero' community to help students achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.

Watch her video about the project here.


2012: Hillevi Johnson and Nawwal Moustafa

Hillevi Johnson and Nawwal Moustafa with Alfred Maurice

Hillevi Johnson and Nawwal Moustafa explored the need for more space on campus for the LGBTQ community and in doing so also sought to increase support to LGBTQ students. 


2011 Michelle Bright

Michelle Bright with Alfred Maurice

Michele Bright, focused on addressing issues of communication among her peers and other members of the campus community. 





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