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May 3rd, 2016 marked the Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing Program fourth Annual Awards and Recognition Celebration. Scholars and mentors were recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and enthusiastic participation in KILN. Information about award winners is available online (new window).

KILN scholar Laura Mata López’16 and KILN mentor Dr. Viola Benavente enlightened the audience with their words. Laura, a participant in KILN since 2012 who graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing this past May, talked about her participation in KILN and leadership experiences. Dr. Viola Benavente focused on the importance of cultural awareness in mentorship and offered words of encouragement to mentors and scholars. She has been an asset to the KILN program since 2012 and an outstanding leader and mentor to KILN scholars. Both speakers reflected on their positive impressions of the program and expressed their gratitude.

Cathy Read and Debra Pino Betancourt presented the scholar and mentor awards. The 2015-2016 KILN leadership council members, Hana Chung’17, Abiola Lawal’17, and Sonia Chiamaka Okorie’17, conveyed that the council has been a great opportunity to combine their love for nursing with their desire to become future nurse leaders. They also introduced the new council members, Helen Au ‘18, Martina DeSimone ’18, Kathryn Davie ’19, and Mariaelena Montijo ’19. Cathy Read concluded the event by thanking everyone for their attendance and acknowledging all graduating students.