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Lincoln Hill Awarded the Service Leadership Award

Lincoln Hill Awarded the Service Leadership Award

Left to Right: Jana Grabarek, Lincoln Hill

Jana Grabarek, a third year doctoral student in the Research Methodology program presented the Student Development Committee's Service Leadership Award. This award was created to acknowledge students' significant leadership in service to their school, university, community and/or field. Applicants were evaluated on the extent to which their service and leadership have resulted in observable contributions and change.

From an impressive field of applicants, Lincoln Hill was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Service Leadership Award. Lincoln is a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Her nomination shared a coherent narrative, highlighting how her many service and professional roles align to, in her words, "create spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds not only survive, but thrive."

Lincoln has worked toward that mission as a member of numerous committees, including Loyola's Student Development Committee, Diversity Committee, and Student Development Subcommittee on Diversity, as well as the American Psychological Association for Graduate Students' Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In these roles, she has collaborated with peers and faculty to facilitate conversations and trainings that promote cultural sensitivity and inclusion.

In her work with young people, Lincoln has served as a tutor for refugee and immigrant students at Heartland Alliance's After School Program, a resume coach at the Posse Foundation, a restorative practice coach in Chicago Public Schools, and an advanced therapy extern at DePaul University Counseling Services. In all these roles, she has sought access, acknowledgement and support for minority students.

Lincoln intends to continue this remarkable journey through scholarship and professional service. Having already studied topics like school transitions, resiliency, and acculturation, it is her goal to apply her knowledge and experience at a multicultural counseling center housed on a college campus. In that setting, she aims to increase cultural humility and access to behavioral health services for diverse clinical populations.

It is humbling and inspiring to consider all that Lincoln has already accomplished. We are proud to honor her with the Service Leadership Award this evening, knowing so many more good works are yet to come.