Gina Mostafa (May 2019 Grad in Global Health Studies / Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies) receives 2019 Dean's Achievement Award

April 25, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named undergraduates Fredrick Cherry, Jr., and Logina (Gina) Mostafa as recipients of the 2019 Dean’s Achievement Award. The award is given to outstanding undergraduate students who are eligible for services from the Center for Diversity and Enrichment

Gina Mostafa Mostafa is majoring in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) and Global Health, and will graduate this May with honors in GWSS. Mostafa was nominated by Professors of GWSS Maryann Rasmussen and Meena Khandelwal. Born in Egypt, Mostafa lived in New York until age 11, and attended middle school and high school in Bettendorf, Iowa. As an undergraduate, Mostafa was a member of the 2016  N.E.W. Leadership Program, an intensive 5-day residential institute designed to empower women across the political spectrum andreceived the Stephen Lynn Smith Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice. She was a Violence Prevention Peer Educator at the Women’s Resource and Action Center; an Electoral Fellow for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; a NextGen America Fellow; a Social Media and Outreach Intern for GWSS; a Research Assistant for the Study of Eugenic Legacies in Iowa Project in the UI College of Public Health; and a participant in the USAC Health and Society Study Abroad Program at Christ University in Bangalore, India, where she initiated research for her honors thesis and volunteered with a university-based NGO teaching English to children. Mostafa will be a graduate student next fall in the College of Global Public Health at New York University, where she plans to continue the work she began in her honors thesis on the connections between reproductive and environmental justice. She is pursuing a career devoted to reproductive justice and health equity, specifically focusing on marginalized populations.

The dean in each of the UI’s 11 colleges is asked to select a recipient for the award. Each college sets its own selection criteria. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences looks for students who have made significant contributions to the university or surrounding communities through their vision and action. In addition, the students nominated demonstrate responsibility, inspiration and diligence, and good judgment. The selection committee is interested in the student’s academic accomplishments within and beyond the major; special honors, scholarships; activities and volunteering both on and off campus.

CLAS Associate Dean Meenakshi Gigi Durham will present their awards at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Graduation Reception sponsored by the UI Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The event will be held in the IMU Main Lounge. Cherry and Mostafa will receive a $150 scholarship as part of the award.

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