Two Loras Students Recognized with IAMNCC Award

The Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) has awarded one of its 2021 Emerging innovation Engaged Campus Award to Loras College students Mallory Gardiner (’22) and Emma Earles (’23) and Community Engagement Coordinator with the City of Dubuque Temwa Phiri for their work on the Loras College Civic Leaders Year 2 Leadership Team.

The Loras College Civic Leaders Year 2 Leadership Team has collaborated over three years to develop training materials for students in the Loras College Civic Leaders program to educate them about diversity, equity, and inclusion. These efforts are one component of a deep, reciprocal and transformational 10+-year partnership between the Loras College Service Learning program and the City of Dubuque Human Rights Department.

Since the fall of 2019, Phiri and Gardiner have collaborated to create this training designed to prepare students in the Civic Leaders program to engage in service projects focused on issues of equity and inclusion throughout Dubuque. Earles assisted them in their efforts upon joining the team during summer 2020. Over the last two years, projects have included service with the arts commission, the housing department, neighborhood associations, minority-owned businesses, county and city public health around COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and the city’s fees and fines committee.

The award is the latest accolade for Gardiner and Earles. In 2020, Gardiner was appointed as the City of Dubuque’s youngest Human Rights Commissioner. She was also selected as Loras College’s 2021 Campus Compact Newman Fellow. Both students were nominated for Loras College 2021 Faculty/Staff Scholarship award. Earles is also working on a research project with Dr. Jake Kurczek to assess the efficacy of the intervention strategies administered in the equity trainings.

The Engaged Campus Award for Community Collaboration recognizes a collaboration co-created with community organizations, leaders, and partners that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.

The 2021 IAMNCC awards honor almost 90 individuals and organizations whose accomplishments exemplify and celebrate the public purpose at the heart of higher education, nominated by 27 of IAMNCC’s member campuses. Engaged Campus Awards lift up outstanding achievements in the categories of alumni leadership, emerging innovation and community collaboration from across IAMNCC’s network of 59 member colleges and universities.

IAMNCC is a network of 59 member colleges and universities committed to strengthening the capacity for civic engagement and campus-community partnership in the service of fulfilling the public purposes at the heart of higher education. For more information about, visit their websites at iacampuscompact.org and mncampuscompact.org.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).