The Minnesota Campus Compact recognizes effective leaders that assist in the development of engaged citizens, the well-being of our communities and a shared civic responsibility. Three of Metropolitan State University’s affiliates have shown exemplary work towards building Minnesota Campus Compact’s mission. Sharon Brooks, a student of the Advocacy and Political Leadership program; Kathleen Cole, assistant professor of the Social Science department; Pakou Hang, executive director of Hmong American Farmers Association will receive their awards at an event April 19 at Hamline University in Saint Paul. Awards are presented at Minnesota Campus Compact’s annual statewide summit and awards luncheon.
Presidents’ Student Leadership Award
Sharon Brooks, master of Advocacy and Political Leadership
Sharon Brooks, Metropolitan State University’s Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership program, is founder of Peace of Hope, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Twin Cities’ families with members in prison. Sharon has provided skills training, transportation resources and education about the criminal justice system on campus and in the community.
Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award
Kathleen Cole, assistant professor, Social Science department
Kathleen’s efforts in activism within the university and in the community have notably advanced the civic mission of Metropolitan State University. From coordinating a campus residency for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis to joining the national Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) leadership team, Kathleen pursues racial justice while deepening learning opportunities for students.
Presidents’ Community Partner Award
Pakou Hang, executive director, Hmong American Farmers Association
Hmong American Farmers Association advances the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity-building and advocacy. HAFA provides thought leadership and actionable partnership in Metropolitan State University’s effort to fulfill its mission as an anchor institution on St. Paul’s East Side, notably, regarding policies and practices that affect community wealth.