Two standout Eastern students, both of whom are nearing completion of health-related majors, were recently honored by EWU President Mary Cullinan with the 2020 President’s Student Civic Leadership Award. The honor recognizes students for outstanding work in addressing and solving critical ecological, economic and social issues in our state, nation and world.

Kianna “Key” Baker

Kianna Baker is a senior studying public health and is president of the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University. In addition to her work in student government, she was honored, according to the award citation, for her active advocacy in addressing housing and food insecurity concerns at EWU.

“Through your work, you have positively contributed to easing the burden of individuals struggling with housing and food insecurity,” Cullinan said. “Additionally, I am aware of your intention to pursue a graduate degree so that you can continue serving your community in this capacity.”

Nichole “Nikki” Speaks

Nichole Speaks, a senior studying psychology, is already working to benefit some of our state’s most vulnerable populations. Her advocacy, according the award citation, has eased the burden of individuals struggling to overcome the misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

“Additionally,” Cullinan said, “your commitment has led you to spend time serving as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to advocate in the state courts for children in unsafe home environments. All of this will contribute to your ultimate goal of obtaining a graduate degree in mental health counseling so that you can continue serving your community in this capacity.”