Charles Martin-Stanley II

Graduate/Professional Award

Charles Martin-Stanley from Onalaska, Wisconsin is a doctoral student in the higher education and student affairs program in the department of educational policy and leadership studies. His area of research focuses on persistence and retention of Black men at historically and predominantly white institutions. Martin-Stanley has been recognized for this research by the Martin Luther King Jr. Research Symposium for the past two years. He is also the president for the Hubbard Scholars and has worked tirelessly to connect with students and create a more inclusive community of learning and support and he has become a role model for other members. Martin-Stanley’s involvement in various organizations like Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Iowa City and Black Lives Matter Books and Breakfast reinforce his belief that education is a human right that transcends the bounds of background and race.

 

Kaydee Ecker

Undergraduate Award

Kaydee Ecker, from Stockton, California is majoring in English and creative writing with a certificate in disabilities studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a member for the Society for Disability Studies and president of the UI Students for Disability Advocacy and Awareness, Kaydee has shown their passion for disability studies and advocacy. Kaydee’s ability to lead with commitment and communication has led them to start many successful initiatives. They co-started the petition that resulted in the relocation of the Student Disability Service Center to a more accessible location, getting more than 3,000 signatures. Kaydee also advocated for the creation of an ADHD Support Group facilitated by University Counseling Services. Kaydee has made it their mission to be a voice for disability affairs. They are blending their passions by using the art of language to shed light on concerns of students with disabilities.