Recently, the Washington Campus Compact honored two PNWU osteopathic medical students with the President’s Student Civic Leader Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. Katie Buckman, OMS III, and Sayward Nelson, OMS I, were each selected by President Lawler in recognition of their outstanding work in civic engagement and for their commitment to future leadership and service at PNWU and in Washington State.
The President’s Student Civic Leader Award was established by Washington Campus Compact, of which our university is a member, to recognize and support students in higher education who are dedicated to addressing critical needs across the state of Washington. This year, the award selection committee focused their priorities on five areas: Housing and Food Insecurity, Breaking the Prison Pipeline, the Opioid Epidemic, Mental Health, and K-16 Civic Education.
“I am honored and grateful to be chosen to work with this passionate group of student leaders,” said Nelson. "The opportunities I have been given here at PNWU are beyond what I could have imagined, and I am constantly humbled to be part of this amazing community. I hope to embody and represent PNWU within the Campus Compact.”
The opportunities I have been given here at PNWU are beyond what I could have imagined, and I am constantly humbled to be part of this amazing community.
As awardees, Buckman and Nelson will join with fellow recipients from colleges and universities in Washington and Idaho who are working on critical issues on campuses and in communities. The honor is also accompanied by a $500 stipend to support their continued leadership and service. Going forward, each student will be considered, along with awardees across the state, for the Governor’s Student Civic Leader Award, which includes a $1,000 stipend.
"My medical education at PNWU has brought me to the realization that healthcare cannot be effectively delivered without giving consideration to the individual patient and their unique social, economic, and psychological circumstances," explained Buckman, reflecting on the experiences that helped to land her the award. "I am honored to be receiving this award, and I am looking forward to the opportunities of working with fellow award recipients to bring attention to -- and hopefully mend --some of the biggest challenges facing many communities in Washington state, and the country as a whole."