Hana Worku: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities’ Presidents’ Student Leadership Award Recipient

Hana Worku

An undergraduate who has designed her own degree program in “Race and Activism,” Hana Worku exemplifies the integration of community engagement into the college experience. Through our Community Engagement Scholars Program, Hana has developed and facilitated three reflective workshops for fellow students: “Mapping Our Comfort Zones,” “Cultural Issues in Higher Education,” and “What Is Community?” While on the Community Service-Learning Center staff, Hana also developed new reflective writing assignments for the Scholars Program and led a cross-campus group discussion with students, staff, and faculty about how to facilitate students’ critical thinking about power, privilege, and social location in community work. Hana’s own community work includes living in a Project for Pride in Living College House, tutoring neighboring youth and organizing social activities; and working with Hope Community  and the Minneapolis Park Board to organize Phillips neighborhood youth around getting a recreation center and related programming at Peavey Park. In the past she has led storytelling circles with elderly East African women in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, spent a summer volunteering at an orphanage in Honduras, and received a U of M Paulo Freire International Community Service Grant to spend another summer in Vancouver working with advocates for individuals experiencing homelessness.

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