Sullivan Connections

The Sullivan Foundation offers programming, events and resources to help university faculty/staff and students lead changemaking efforts on their campuses and in their communities. Check back regularly to learn about our latest initiatives to help our partner schools make a lasting social impact.

Non-Speaking Student With Autism Delivers Powerful Valedictorian Speech

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Elizabeth Bonker, who's also an author, poet and songwriter, called on her fellow Rollins College graduates to use their voices, serve others and "see the worth in every person we serve."

UK Sullivan Award Recipients Serve Children, Immigrants and Others in Need

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Riley Gaines, a record-holding swimmer and mentor to children, earned the award from the University of Kentucky along with Dean Farmer, a champion of youths with disabilities, and Jim Richardson, a volunteer for numerous children's charities.

"Joy Surrounds Her:" Andrea Stansberry Earns Student Sullivan Award at King University

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Dr. David Stevens, meanwhile, received the community Sullivan Award for his work as director of World Medical Mission, which included leading teams that treated 43,000 Somalis in wartime and stemming an epidemic in a Sudan village.

Rita Castañon, Jesse West Honored With Sullivan Award at Carson-Newman University

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West, a football team captain, and Castañon, co-founder of a campus organization for immigrant students, were featured in an episode about Carson-Newman on Amazon Prime's "The College Tour."

Sustainability Champion Claire Windsor Earns Sullivan Award at University of South Carolina

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Windsor founded UofSC's Student Council on Sustainability and is also an avid cyclist who competes at the highest level for the Lux Cycling Team in races across the U.S.

Duke Sullivan Award Recipients Include Prison Reform Advocate, Defender of Tenants' Rights

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Liyu Woldemichael, a graduating senior and native of Ethiopia, and Amanda Joos, a first-year law student, earned the prestigious service-based award along with Duke administrator Sam Miglarese.