Five social work students receive the 2013 Plater Medallion for civic engagement

Five students from the Indiana University School of Social Work were among the 2013 Plater Civic Engagement Medallion recipients.

The Plater Medallion is awarded to students who have exhibited personal and academic growth, high levels of integrity, and significant impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences during their college years. The medallion is named in honor of Dr. William M. Plater, IUPUI’ former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculties from 1988 to 2006.  

Awards were given to undergraduate and for the first time to graduate students as well. The social work student recipients were:

domini BryantDomini Bryant, a BSW student: “She has shown great passion in working with youth and families in the Indianapolis community through her service and advocacy work with organizations like Reach for Youth, 2-1-1 Connect2Help, and the Indiana Child Welfare Scholars program, as well as the Center for Leadership Development, America Reads-America Counts, and Partners in Housing. Domini’s passionate efforts have been essential to children and families gaining access to quality education, housing, and community resources.”

Four Master of Social Work students also received Plater Medallions.

Ming ChanK. Ming Chan:  “She has devoted service for almost two years to youth and adults through direct practice, education, advocacy, and community partnerships at many organizations, including the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic, Neighborhood Academy, and IU Simon Cancer Center. Ming has been passionate in helping individuals overcome barriers to health care and in educating the community on physical, mental, and emotional well-being.”

Carlenn HawthorneCarleen Hawthorne: “She has shown dedication to the Indianapolis community through her participation and leadership with the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic. Carleen has been active with the clinic since her first graduate semester and has spent numerous hours working with residents on the near Eastside to address barriers like insurance, housing, and health care needs in order to strengthen the neighborhood and the lives of the individuals with whom she has the great opportunity to work.

Reema RammahaReema Rammaha: She has dedicated much time to the community with several organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Trusted Mentors for community members who are at risk for homelessness, and the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic in providing free health care in wrap-around services.


Marisa JaninekMarisa Yaninek: “She has merged her desire to make a positive impact in her community with her unflinching commitment to helping the less fortunate. Having grown up in West Africa, she is acutely aware of the results of poverty and injustice. Since she was 13-years-old, she has worked tirelessly advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence either by organizing fundraisers for or volunteering directly with victims and their children. Most recently, she volunteers up to six hours each Saturday at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic conducting assessments, connecting clients with helpful community resources and providing follow up services to uninsured and underinsured individuals in Indianapolis’ Near-Eastside community.

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