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Raj Patel S’bu Zikode [email protected] +27835470474

Abahlali baseMjondolo
Suite 517-20 Tower B
Salisbury Centre
347-351 Dr Pixley kaSeme aka West Street
Durban
4001
South Africa

Tel: 031 304 6420
Fax: 031 304 6436
Cell: (27) 083 547 0474

S’bu Zikode was the embodiment of the post-apartheid dream. He was whip-smart, all set for a career in the law as soon as he finished his undergraduate degree. He was a boy-scout leader in his home town of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal. From very humble beginnings, he was all set to live the dream of an engaged and committed leader in the late 1990s. After a few weeks at university, his mother fell ill. He had to drop out. He lived in a small tin shack next to a municipal trash heap in Durban, working at a petrol station, sending home whatever he could save. But he remained committed to the post-apartheid dream.

He joined, and then was elected to lead, the shack settlement development organization for the few hundred shack dwellers living by the rubbish dump. He was able to get commitments to put in water and sanitation systems for residents, and for the construction of a day-care facility for the children of residents whose jobs had them looking after the nearby children of Durban’s middle class.

The local ANC councillor made grand promises at election time, and betrayed them soon after. S’bu organized with other shack communities, and soon was elected to lead the South African Shack Dwellers organization, Abahlali baseMjondolo. His leadership has created an organization committed to equality and justice, by and for the urban poor. When the ANC fanned the flames of xenophobia, the Abahlali settlements were unique in being free of xenophobic violence. (The organization also has undocumented shackdwellers in positions of senior leadership, a direct consequence of S’bu’s vision.) Abahlali baseMjondolo is now the largest member-driven non-union non-governmental organization  in South Africa.

Now under Covid, while South Africa undergoes a wave of food rebellions, the Abahlali settlements have provided services, have stepped in where the government has failed utterly to provide for the urban poor, and has built a cadre of leaders throughout informal settlements in South Africa, who are able to be their own community leaders. The intentional process of mentorship and leadership development is central both to the success of the movement, and to its ability to provide for shackdwellers when the government refuses to.

These are very dark times in South Africa. Recognizing S’bu’s leadership would not only light a beacon of hope among those embattled shackdwellers in Durban, but spotlight a model for engaging in social change that matters to shackdwellers around the world.

Compaore R. Frederic Compaore R. Frederic [email protected] +22670564739

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Sector 34 borough 8
17 Postal box: 217 Ouagadougou 17

Convinced that people must be taken from their current level of consciousness to a higher one, Frederic has initiated a programme since 2018 to empower his country fellows on leadership and citizenship with the aim to eradicate the scourges such as terrorism, insecurity and population unconsciousness; bold and determined, he has been travelling in very austere conditions to rural areas with high risk of attacks to empower youth and adults on the types of leadership and citizenship they should apply in order to eradicate the insecurity problem in their areas. So far, more than 5,000 people have been skilled and this is a wonderful achievement that makes him happy and motivates him to keep up the good work.

Because of his revolutionary opinions on the current types of leadership, he is always cited as a complicated person unaware of realities by even some of his family members. As regard to his profession, he has been struggling to get opportunities as he is an independent worker in the field of water and sanitation. All these obstacles don’t disturb Frederic who is firmly attached to his values of equity, peace, sustainable development, that he treasures abundantly.

As of today, he has produced a manual entitled ‘’leadership and citizenship in a context of increasing terrorism” that has been shared with students to guide them, in their daily actions. Follow this link to read the manual (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1amB2Hc45zVwu5NqhMRxC1L36LN9L6ffD/view?usp=drive_open). Fredric in more than a mentor, as his work inspires many people of all ages. Regularly through the social media, he shares thoughts about relevant topics on his country life in order to incite the reflection and debate on the burning issues. Also, he publishes in some media to deal with relevant topic on development, follow this link to read an example of his paper (https://www.converseafrica.com/the-road-to-africas-development/ ).

His great job earned him a large attention from a large part of the world among which the United States; indeed, Purdue university interviewed him in order to learn more about the wonderful job he is doing and then make it known in their communities. The interview could be listen by following this link:  https://web.facebook.com/100000733047949/videos/3998810343486694/

Something important to mention is that Frederic has started his work with his own funds he saved from his job as a consultant and is conducting the programme the same way but with some timid supports.

Frederic is courageous leader, with a great vision for his community: his expects a community of shared prosperity, in peace and that motivates him so strongly that he strives by all means to do anything legal and morally normal to this end.

 

 

 

William Boadi Dennis Obeng Agyei [email protected] 0243949790

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  1. I hereby nominate Dennis Obeng Agyei for this award. Thank you.
Prof Hardeep Singh Prof Hardeep Singh [email protected] 9464261044

Organization: IK GUJRAL PUNJAB TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Permanent Address:
Resident of SODHI COTTAGE
24-Shree Ram Avnue,
PO-Khanna Nagar
Majitha Road
Amritsar (Punjab) India
Pin 143001

Hardeep Singh (Senior Academician, Researcher, Author, Orator, Mentor, Motivational Speaker and
Life Coach) having 19 years of total experience (14 years of Academic with Engineering College & 05
years Corporate) is life member of various bodies like IAER, CSI, IACSIT, IEDRC, IFRSA, ISTD. He
has been honored as a “Patron Member” by WAIRCO (World Academic-Industry Research
Collaboration Organization) for the period of Life time. Currently he is affiliated with IKG-PTU, Kapurthala
(Punjab) India. His profile has been published in “WORLD BOOK OF RESEARCHERS 2018” at Oxford
United Kingdom. Furthermore to mention he has participated as a “KEY NOTE SPEAKER” in the
“WORLD BOOK OF RECORDS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ICMRI-2020” at Chennai. He has
been esteemed to address various conferences as Key-Note Speaker. He has attended 41 International
Conferences; 36 National Conferences, 11 UGC Seminars and 100+ Webinars/Workshops/FDPs/EDPs.
He has presented 100+ Research Papers/Articles. He has published 100+ Research Papers/Articles in
Conference Proceedings and journals of national/ international fame under the tag of publishers of well
repute like Elsevier, Scopus, IEEE, and Springer etc. He has guided 100+ projects to the students of
BTech and MBA. He has also guided MTech candidates for writing and publication of Research Papers.
He has authored four books with an International Publisher. His latest book (co-authored by Prof. J.S.
Jogi & Dr. DP Kothari-a well-known Scientist & Educationist) “Written & Oral Technical Communication
Skills for Engineers/Scientists” is available in 8 foreign languages. He has received numerous Awards-
Best Young Teacher Award 2016, Best Young Researcher Award 2017, Republic Day Achievers Award
2018, Excellent Teacher Award 2018, Mr. Education Icon 2018 (Mr. Energetic), Leadership Excellence
Award 2019, MTC Global Distinguished Teacher Award 2019, Living Legend Award, Young Philosopher
Award, Outstanding Educator Award 2019, GRABS Best Social Scientist Award-2020 and The World’s
Prestigious Global Educational Award 2020 Teacher’s Day Special Award-2020-Dr. Radhakrishnan Award
from prestigious institutions of international repute. Currently he has been invited as Conference Chair
for ICEG 2021 scheduled to take place from 13-14 August 2021 at Hong Kong. Furthermore to mention
he has been invited as Special Session Chair at The 2nd International Conference on Machine Intelligence
and Smart Systems 2021 (MISS-2K21) form Sep 24th-25th, 2021 in Gwalior, India and EEE’21-The 20th
International Conference on e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise Information Systems, and
e-Government, from July 26th-July 29th,2021 being held jointly with 2021 World Congress in Computer
Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing (CSCE’21) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Asante Clement Obeng Dennis Agyei [email protected] +233 24 394 9790

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Mr Obeng Dennis Agyei is the assemblymember of Oda Nkwanta. He always cherished buy the widows,orphans and the aged people in his community because of his numerous donations to them. He is also notable for investing in human resources. Examples are paying of fees for his community members in school and also helping community members who Good not have good formal education to aquire requisite vocational skills to better their lives.

Philemon Yaw Agyei Obeng Dennis Agyei [email protected] +233 24 394 9790

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Mr Obeng Dennis Agyei is the assemblyman of Oda Nkwanta. He always cherished buy the widows,orphans and the aged people in his community because of his numerous donations to them. He is also notable for investing in human resources. Examples are paying of fees for his community members in school and also helping community members who Good not have good formal education to aquire requisite vocational skills to better their lives. He has also stood firm on the grounds to renovate school building by himself without any government or NGOs support. He was also help to prevent rigging

Dora Ohenewaa Obeng Dennis Agyei [email protected] +233 24 394 9790

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  •  Obeng Dennis Agyei has done numerous and brave achievements for his community. These include;He always cherished buy the widows,orphans and the aged people in his community because of his numerous donations to them. He is also notable for investing in human resources. Examples are paying of fees for his community members in school and also helping community members who Good not have good formal education to aquire requisite vocational skills to better their lives. He has also stood firm on the grounds to renovate school building by himself without any government or NGOs support. He was also help to prevent rigging
Dorcas Tabuaa Obeng Dennis Agyei [email protected] +233 24 394 9790

P.o.box 309
AKIM Oda

  •  Obeng Dennis Agyei has done numerous and brave achievements for his community. These include;He always cherished buy the widows,orphans and the aged people in his community because of his numerous donations to them. He is also notable for investing in human resources. Examples are paying of fees for his community members in school and also helping community members who Good not have good formal education to aquire requisite vocational skills to better their lives. He has also stood firm on the grounds to renovate school building by himself without any government or NGOs support. He was also help to prevent rigging
Samuel Aning Bonsu Obeng Dennis Agyei [email protected] +233 24 394 9790

P.o.box 309
AKIM Oda

Mr Obeng Dennis Agyei is the assemblyman of Oda Nkwanta. He always cherished buy the widows,orphans and the aged people in his community because of his numerous donations to them. He is also notable for investing in human resources. Examples are paying of fees for his community members in school and also helping community members who Good not have good formal education to aquire requisite vocational skills to better their lives.

Verjee Kolhi Verjee Kolhi [email protected] 03440374666

Village Aalo Kolhi

Md. Kohinoor Hossain Md. Kohinoor Hossain [email protected] +8801846789678

Md. Kohinoor Hossain
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Islamic History & Culture
Dargapur Fazil Degree Madrasha
PO:Gournagar, PC:7471
District: Jashore, Zip Code: 7400
Province: Khulna, Country Code: 880, Country: Bangladesh

 Woman Leadership: An Islamic Perspectiv

Md. Kohinoor Hossain

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Islamic History & Culture
Dargapur Fazil Degree Madrasha
PO:Gournagar, PC:7471
District: Jashore, Zip Code: 7400
Province: Khulna, Country Code: 880, Country: Bangladesh

 

Abstract

Leadership is a fundamental way where people lead all kinds of sectors. In Islam, the women are the the greatest fit like the men. The men, what can perform as if the women, what can perform in the same. There are no differences among them. The men can lead all things on the earth but the women can do all things like them. Here is differentiated from biogenetic figures. It doesn’t matter. The Holy Qur’an and the Hadith have given all rights, equalities and leaderships for the women. At the first time of civilization the women start leading for any producing. Economic is upon their hand. From the second time of the beginning period of the human civilization, society is patriarchal, patrilineal, misogyny, tribal and male dominant. For this reason the women can’t perform leading as freedom.  Womankind has to weep for years after years and years. According to Islam, the women have all kind of rights, equalities and leaderships like the men. This book tries to explore leading of the women.  The advancement of this world goes equally to the men and the women. Now the leadership of the women is increasing day by day which is the most acceptable by Islam. The author has examined the classical exegesis and the Hadith which are explained against the misogynistic mind and Pre-Islamic cultural views. The socalled classical exegetes’ trust in the think and this society is dominated by a patriarchal and mysogynistic system. They have tried to explain their own and male opportunities based. The author has tried to reinvent and has cancelled their classical exegesises views and he has tried to remake the dictations of the Holy Quranic teachings. He has expected to prove the men and the women are equal in leading. The men, what they have done, the women, what they have done in the same. Both of the two men and women has been done by all equally. Rather the women have done three works more than the men. The three things are: Keep the kids in their womb, perform menstruation and feeding milk the kids. The men never have done them. It will be proved by the Holy Quran, the Hadith, the Izma and the Qius. In this regard, the women can lead the society, nation, education, family, economical role, cultural and religious teachings and all sectors where the Holy Quran says clearly to lead all sectors by the teaching of Islam independently. The contemporary Muslim ruling is proved the leadership of the women which is a must lawful. This research study tries to rediscover about the leadership of the women which is a must demandable and lawful for the choosing matter and obviously the womankinds may lead the whole world for the making of global peace in the future which Islam can hope a prospective destination that is aheading at a venturing for the recent and the future world.

Keywords:  Woman, Leadership, Society, Politics, Economics, Education and Culture

SHALOM DIRIBSA DIRIBSA TESFA MIRESSA (PhD) [email protected] +251911589848

WOGAGEN BANK, JIMMA

DIRIBSA TESFA MIRESSA (PHD)

MOBILE; +251911589848

VICE PRESIDENT OF BANK

Elaine Duncan Liz Taishoff Sweigart [email protected] (832) 696-6462

PriceWaterhouseCoopers
1000 Louisiana St, Suite 5800
Houston, TX 77002

Liz Taishoff Sweigart embodies courageous leadership.
In the midst of a major depressive episode culminating in suicidal ideation, Liz made the difficult decision to step away from her career as a partner at Partner at PwC to focus on her mental health. She could have kept her reasons for taking a leave of absence private, but she chose not to. As a leader in the global business community, she recognized an opportunity to demonstrate leadership through transparency and honesty. She also knew that her silence would speak volumes. If she couldn’t be honest about her experience, what chance would someone without her access and privilege have to be open? She also recognized that it was not good leadership to leave her colleagues to tell a story they didn’t think was theirs to tell or feel like they had to lie to protect her reputation.
Liz made her decision to take a mental health leave public through social media and her blog (http://seriouslyjerkbrain.com) because she wanted others facing depression, anxiety, and other challenges to feel seen and that they were not alone. She wanted to show that she was taking a break, but she was not broken.
Upon returning to work this past January, Liz shared her story again through social media. Her LinkedIn post was seen by more than 1.5 million people.
The response was overwhelmingly positive and Liz used the opportunity to continue to lead on the topic of mental health and mental wellness, particularly at work. She has since published several articles and given numerous talks, engaging with business leaders and employees at major companies around the world, on the subject of mental health at work. She led a panel discussion with other executive leaders at the GlobalMindED conference on the topic of supporting employees in times of crisis and beyond. She has also continued to advocate for better policy regarding mental health resources and access. She has given her time in group settings and one-on-one. She’s also joined the advisory board of a mental health technology start-up, providing guidance and a unique perspective to the CEO, with the goal of making mental health resources more equitable and accessible for those who need them most.
For someone in her position to be so open and public about her struggles with mental health is huge because the stigma is real, but so is the powerful message of hope that she delivers. Liz took a major professional and personal risk to show leadership in this area.
Liz took this bold step to share her story widely and be a role model for others because she felt a responsibility and obligation as a leader to be bold and take a stand even when the subject is treated as taboo.
Mental health is the global pandemic no one is talking about and it requires leaders like Liz to help normalize the conversation and show that there is reason for hope and that no one need feel that they are alone in this struggle. She has been a great inspiration and support to me and many others.
Thank you for your consideration.
Teye Odonkor Dennis Obeng Agyei [email protected] +233243949790

P.O.Box 309,
Akim, Oda
Zip code: 233
Country: Ghana

I nominate Assembly Man Dennis Obeng Agyei as a courageous leader who deserves this award. As a leader of his assembly and a member of the ruling government, he disagreed with some of the policies of government and even asked some of his colleagues to reject the confirmation of some district chief executives whom he believes would not serve for the common good of the people. Being a bold and selfless leader, he stood in for his colleagues and advised them to reject motorcycles provided by government if their real needs are not met. He also used his own resources to mobilize assembly members under on umbrella to meet the past and current heads of state. Using that initiative, they were also able to meet other chiefs and also the chief Imam to discuss issues about how best to lead in their various communities. Even though he has much respect and love for other leaders, of which chiefs are not excluded, there were instances where he had to question the decisions of some chiefs in his community and surrounding communities. One typical example was when he had to challenge and go against the directive of a chief by securing a land for the Nkwanta M/A school, and this was for the common good of the people in that locality. As courageous and bold as he is, without fear from authorities, he was the only member to challenge the results of a presiding member in his community during the recent elections as a result of identified disparities. Irrespective of where he stands or what his party does, he only believes in one thing, which is change in promoting the common good of his people. To prove that, he helped to achieve a lot for his community. Some of his notable achievements as a courageous leader include renovation of schools in his assembly, donation to charity, extension of electricity to every corner of his electoral area, as well as building of drains. He also assisted in securing job placements for the youth in his community, as well as building rice factory which now provides job for some of the youth in the community. He has been, and continues to pay fees and hospital bills for the less privileged people in his community. He also assisted in the building of library and computer laboratory in his community. The youth see him as a role model and look up to him in so many aspects of life, hence follow and support most of his activities. That is also the more reason why they keep voting for him as assembly man to lead them. Honorable Dennis Obeng Agyei is a selfless and courageous leader, who is always ready to serve his people and defend them at all cost. He truly deserves this recognition.

Kurt E Briner Master Sergeant Greggory K. Addison [email protected] 260-444-7079

122d Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard
3005 W. Ferguson Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

Over the course of 2020 and into 2021, MSgt Greg Addison served his State and community by volunteering to activate with the Indiana National Guard as part of a country-wide response to the Global COVID-19 pandemic. On extended activation, his primary focus was the mental, emotional and physical well-being of over 500 responding citizen Soldiers and Airmen. Facing extremely long work hours, make-shift facilities and repurposed infrastructure, Greg maintained awareness of mission needs and performed health and wellfare checks as part of the state’s crisis intervention team while the National Guard worked to test and vaccinate Hoosiers. He also spent time in an Operational Headquarters position, taking feedback from the various sights and responding to ensure needs were met at the lowest level. When performing normal military duty, Greg is a First Sergeant – a critical link in mentoring, developing and empowering young services members through continuous deployments and activations protecting our National interests overseas. This role is unique and personally selected by commanders, as the First Sergeant is a trusted mentor, councilor and leader to junior enlisted Airmen. This often results in late-night calls for response to assist and advocate for members through challenges such as divorce, financial distress as well as substance abuse and PTSD. He works hand-in-hand with our military Director of Psychological health, addressing difficult issues to ensure Airmen receive the treatment and support they need. He has also been hand-selected to sit on various organizational improvement initiatives focusing on increasing diversity to combating sexual harassments in the workplace.  All of these assignments have made him an invaluable asset to commanders as well as a regularly sought-out, trusted source for guidance and honest leadership. Out of uniform and into another, Greg’s primary occupation is as a law enforcement officer for the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana serving a diverse population and acting as a force of positivity with a city and nation struggling with complex socioeconomic challenges.  Academically, Greg has proven to be a lifelong student of leadership. His undergraduate and master’s programs focused on Organizational Leadership, and he was recently selected to attend a brand new PhD program – Global Leadership – with Indiana Technical College. This program will take Greg overseas this fall to Switzerland as part of a summit to discuss bringing leadership to underprivileged, marginalized populations. His resume of professional military education is robust, with over a half dozen leadership oriented, intensive courses from both the US Army and US Air Force. In what little free time he has, Greg has coached youth girls basketball, is active in his community church and has even hosted his own radio segment locally focusing on leadership challenges in the Law Enforcement & community policing area. In summary, MSgt Greg Addison truly embodies the core attributes of a successful leader. He relentlessly drives for empowerment of others, demonstrates courage in the face of adversity and selflessly promotes those below him without asking for anything in return. I hope you will consider him for this prestigious award. Thank you for your time!

Alex Jones Alex Jones [email protected] 00971568443877

American University in the Emirates
Apartment 41C, Rolex Tower, DIFC Area,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 00000

I am nominating myself for this award and it is the first time I do so. I was hesitant to do it. But I wanted to share with you these fact. As an American citizen, who migrated to the wonderful great country – the United States of America, my journey was not full of roses road. The fled the war of Iraq after living and witnessing the 2003 war. I lived every single day almost losing my education. I did not lose hope. Hope what kept my look forward. I escaped the country and never looked back since 2005. I settled in Dubai to find a job and managed to bring my parents, and only brother, who was attacked by the militia of Iraq. After going through many struggle, I managed to reach the united stated landing in the great state of California. With years of struggle, trying to find my own living to be able to support my parents, I worked full time and completed my Ph.D. enrolled in a full time study to finally succeed to earn a Ph.D. in Leadership. I lost of father for cancer and almost lost my hope for completing my Ph.D. But the courageous act made me put myself altogether and earn the Ph.D.

I went ahead to relocate to Dubai once again to create an impact. Many students in the middle east and this part of the world dream of having the American education. I wanted to to give them the taste of that after sacrificing relocating to Dubai leaving the beautiful San Diego city so that I create a change on peoples’ lives. Many are not able to voice their opinions and be able to go through the change. The top in organization have the final talk and no one else. It is a dominating factor. After spending over three years and a half of research while teaching undergraduate business major student, I published a book that can help many to go through what they are not capable of doing. It is the one and only title in the world, titled DISLEADERSHIP: 30 must know models for sustainable organizations.

The aim was to help many recognize the dark leadership and leader. It helps them identify the dark culture. It speaks their mind. All of this was written after suffering I faced in many organizations and from many leaders I worked with. The courageous act continues in me to help many getting educated and be able to speak loudly. That’s my goal and that’s what I am dedicating myself to do.

This is just a brief and I think many should learn from it that hope and courage are not easy to do or maintain. I am leading by example and wanting to let people know that Americans are all about hope and courage. This is my mission and I hope I can show many the way and my books is one way to do so and me being an educator is another way.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and May God Bless.

Darlene Lorraine Gibson Darlene Lorraine Gibson [email protected] 267-684-9233

Divine Healing and Wholeness Ministry, Inc. and Becoming Whole in Your Soul, LLC
8562 Temple Road
Philadelphia, Pa 19150

I would like to nominate myself, Darlene Loraine Gibson, for the 2021 Larraine R. Matusak Courageous Leadership Award. For the last 16 years, I have been working hard to eradicate domestic violence, the mental health stigma associated with disability, help individuals and organizations understand the effects of trauma, and unjust employment actions. This has caused me at times to leave some places of employment untimely, as well as disconnect from other organizations. It has not been the easiest or popular thing to do, but doing so has allowed me to continue to fight for the rights of societal change and inner growth. Many individuals, children, families, and communities are constantly in need of encouragement and empowerment due to the affects and results of these societal problems. Starting in 2005, I became unemployed after working on the same job for 15 years due to some of these very issues. Although, later I was taught that it was my coping skills that needed to be adapted.

Initially, I joined The Women’s Center of Pennsylvania helping and volunteering as an advocate to help support women and families of domestic violence. Simultaneously, I joined in as a volunteer with the Family Resource Center located in Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa to assist individuals and families struggling with mental health issues. I was also hot-line and peer counselor at the Women’s Center as a volunteer and completed a training course for PA Coalition of Domestic Violence an internship there. I also remained faithful as a family resources office volunteer within Friends Hospital from about 2005 to 2011.

Immediately following, I decided to enroll in college as an adult student to Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. First, I entered their New Options, New Choices program, and then I was tested and accepted into their associated degree program for Human Services. It was an inspirational and empowering journey. Since, I began this path late in life, I had to take remedial classed in Algebra, and English to qualify. Half way through my endeavor, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship for second chance students during this tenure, June 27, 2009, from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Omega Chapter, for $1,250.00 under the Leadership PBO Chapter President, Margaret Wright, and Linda A Wood, PBO Scholarship Chairman. While in this program, I learned a lot about societal issues and personal struggles and graduated Cum Laude, May 19, 2011.

After graduating from this program, I entered the Chestnut Hill Bachelor’s program for the Human Services Degree. During these terms, I had been dealing with my own personal problems, family issues, and emotional and mental health conditions/struggles. During these challenges and times, I was also dedicated to church service, prayer, teaching youth, and being a dedicated mother to my children. There were moments of encouragement, support, and strength from my then husband, while going through, with many times of separation. I am grateful for the support of our children, parents, family, and church family/pastor, mentors and leadership. I also received disability services and mental health therapy which all helped me get to the point of completion. I could not say it was one thing that got me through when in fact it was a combination of all of the above, with God being my centering, stronghold, peace, and constant helper.

Furthermore, I began a master’s Program through Liberty University upon graduation of Chestnut Hill College. I began the program in 2013 but did not complete it until 2020. Mostly, this was due to unjust and unnecessary interruptions which I had no control over. I boldly and triumphantly overcame domestic violence, rape, mental/emotional health issues, injustices within organizations, and other struggles by graduating, nonetheless. I changed my major several times, started and stopped several times, failed some classes, and had to retake them, but I never lost hope or my desire to see it through. I have worked as a Family Advocate, Childcare Worker, Preschool Teacher, Parent Resource Support Worker, Site Coordinator, Postal Worker/Clerk, Assistant Program Coordinator/Intern/Instructor of conflict resolution, Domestic Abuse Counselor, and an After School Group Supervisor.

I am currently prayerfully in the process of finishing a post graduate certificate program in military resilience and a trauma informed specialist certificate program. If I am awarded the scholarship, I assure you that it will be used effectively to help continue to create ways to support, provide, empower, and collaborate with individuals, organizations, and the community at large in societal change and social justice for more equitable and peaceful world for all.

My goal then and now is to be a change agent, motivator, beacon, example, and vessel that is used by God to affect change, growth, and empowerment to others. I have worked in many roles within the human services field to help teach, support, guide, encourage, and motivate children, adults, and families. I have also worked with organizations to help bring about societal changes within the community and the life of individuals and families. Every role has been rewarding and inspiring. My latest projects and roles have been connected to my personal passion for creating societal change, growth, and community strengthening for individuals and families.

These roles are that of starting a business, Becoming Whole in Your Soul, LLC, which was created to help individuals and families ‘Build Bounce’. I am also the Founder of Divine Healing and Wholeness Ministry, Inc. which was created to peacefully create a place of healing, hope, peace, community, societal growth, and justice ‘Victoriously’, while acknowledging trauma-informed perspectives. I am currently working on the completion of a book/testimonial, One Woman’s Testimony of a Transformed Life: A Tumultuous Journey. I am excited to be afforded the opportunity to join with you and submit a nomination for the 2021 Laraine R. Matusak Courageous Leadership Award, through the Alliance and Leadership Fellows (ALF) Board. I am looking forward to seeing how we can together affect societal change, motivate, encourage, and continue this movement of being bold, fearless leaders.

Laura Villa Dr. Beatriz “Betty”Valencia [email protected] 9496063638

2439 E Orangeview Lane Orange, CA. 92867

Betty is an ILA member, and ILA am I am her wife. We both joined ILA in Brussels, where she presented a case with her colleagues in 2017. Beatriz “Betty” Valencia, while obtaining her Ph.D. at Chapman and working full-time, activated her leadership in the City of Orange. During a tough time in our country. In 2016 while attending local city council meetings, Betty noted several deficiencies. First, Betty noted the council lacked the representation that reflected the actual population of the city. While performing research on the city council, she noted a pattern of holding seats by many members. This prompted her to start to attend and study the city council. While in a very traumatic and divisive meeting, Betty decided to run for a council seat. Betty had no political background but was moved to run for several main reasons: First, she ran as an openly queer woman. In the city’s history, that was lacking and spoke to the sentiment of lack of acceptance and diversity. There was an act of violence during a meeting ending in a man pulling a knife after many homophobic slurs during her run. This hate incident did not deter Betty; in fact, she committed further and was named in the Districting Lawsuit of the city. Successful districting was implemented, and now the council has more women of color and recently fought for LGBTQIA representation during Pride Month. Betty is well known in Orange County as the first immigrant, Latina, queer woman of color to run fully open and unapologetic.

Betty’s authentic leadership continues to attract many of the students and community in Orange. As a result of national attention and local attention, the city of Orange has continued to change toward a more inclusive and representative city. Betty speaks as a guest speaker in many University/College classrooms, meetings, groups, clubs, national organizations, and local. She is a role model for many students and continues to represent the future of city politics. Betty was named one of the 2019 Orange County top influencers and awarded Women of the year by Congressmember Lou Correa. Betty continues to speak on civic engagement, motivate younger people to get involved, and dedicates her time to organizations like HIRE for re-entry of formerly incarcerated members, OCEJ Orange County Environmental Justice, UCI Pfas Study of the water in our communities, and SCC Vice-President of Santiago Community College where she advocates for equity and representation of POC in our community colleges.

 

If you hear Betty speak, you will understand why her voice is needed and be moved by her unique inspirational words that are listened to nationwide. She receives recognition and refuses to be intimidated by threats or hate that often surrounds POC, women, and LGBTQIA members. Betty carries many identities and makes her a perfect candidate for the courageous leadership award. Do not miss this great opportunity.

https://www.votebettyvalencia.com

Binta Bala Binta Bala [email protected] +1237065890770

Sophiaessahmed foundation
Jarkasa close, off Emir palace road
Kano city, kano state Nigeria
Zip code 700231

The synopsis of the nominee’s courageous leadership contributions that exhibit her ability as a effective agent of change in promoting the common good in difficult times and situation.

Binta Bala is the program coordinator of Sophiaesahmed foundation. She deserve this position because of her courageous leadership attitude and skills she exhibited. She is a PhD student at Bayero University Kano,a teacher at special education school Tudun Maliki kano and a mother of two children .

Her self esteem, awareness, confidence  courage , determination and compassion to help the special needs people in the state makes her generous. She is honest , trustworthy, integrity and passionate about her work .

Her physical disability does not hinder her home, work and organizational commitment especially at this pendamic season [covid-19] and other difficult times.

She participated in so many educational programs awareness, girl child education programs and special needs education for the disables. She coordinated programs both in schools and working  places to sensitized the students and people about the covid-19 disease.

Binta’s notable achievement is her educational career achievement  As a special need lady, she is so determined and dedicated to prove to her community that there is ability in disability.. She will be the first PhD disable lady in her community.

She was looked by others as a role model, many are imitating her as an example. Her name was always called whenever people are citing references in her community.

Her passion to help others people especially women and children with disabilities are the most important contributions she makes. She has the required educational experience and skills and garnered many years experience as a special education teacher.

Binta is a great mentor and a woman having a passion for inclusion in the world.

elaine duncan Linda Appel Lipsius [email protected] 720-250-7003

Denver Urban Gardens
1031 33rd Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80205

It’s my great pleasure to nominate Linda Appel Lipsius. Linda was one of the first people I met when I moved to Denver a few years ago.

Linda currently serves as the Executive Director at Denver Urban Gardens  (DUG is the largest community garden org in the U.S.) and the  Co-Founder of Teatulia Organic Teas.

Since 2006, she’s been working with her partners in Bangladesh to bring premium-quality, 100% Organic, direct-sourced teas from a previously-unknown growing region to the United States.

She has built brands known for doing things better – from the regenerative gardens to beautiful and sustainable packaging.

Her leadership has transformed DUG as well. The work she has done to support DUG’s Immigrant farmers has been most impressive- she has made it a priority with connect with them in so many meaningful ways, including making translators a priority. Her team adores her. She’s one of the hardest working women I’ve ever worked with. She cares. A lot. Linda is a superior example of divine feminine leadership.

I admire her so much that I decided to accept her invitation to join the team at DUG last month!

Named one of Food & Wine/ Fortune’s 20 Most Innovative Women in Food & Wine, Linda is a leading, yet humble, voice in topics ranging from gardening, climate change and entrepreneurship to women in business to sustainable business practices to clean food.

Linda also started the mama ‘hood (a resource for new & expecting moms & their families) following her own struggles when she was a new mom. The “mama” hood creates community and offers many forms of support.

A Denver Native, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University in New York City and her MBA in finance from New York University before moving to London, Los Angeles then back to Denver.

She now lives in Denver with her film maker husband Adam and her 11 & 9 year old Dorothy & Eli. In her spare time, Linda hangs with her family, escapes to the mountains, reads books, bikes, runs or practices yoga.

She is a mentor and role model to many.

Linda’s empathetic but direct style makes those around her feel seen. She is a true servant leader who deeply cares about the earth and all of its inhabitants.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

 

Thomas Horrocks Gregory Addison [email protected] 2604447079

Indiana Air National Guard
122 Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron
3005 Ferguson Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46819

  1. Gregory Addison, in his role as senior noncommissioned officer in the Indiana Air National Guard, volunteered to support the state of Indiana’s COVID response element during the height of the pandemic. In what amounted to be the equivalent of a domestic deployment, Gregory spent considerable time away from his home and family as he traveled across the state as a member of the Resilience and Emotional Support Team (REST). As a senior noncommissioned adviser on the REST team, Gregory provided mentorship, coaching, and support to the soldiers and airmen working on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. His advocacy and support for these service members allowed them to maintain a high level of readiness and resilience and to stay focused on the vital mission of saving lives during the greatest public health crisis Indiana has seen in the last century.
  2. Gregory spent more than nine months traveling across the state of Indiana conducting site visits, mentoring sessions, and service member interventions at more than 200 hundred long-term care facilities and COVID screening, testing, and vaccination sites. During this mission he helped to identify and resolve pay and administrative issues, leadership conflicts, and individual service member crises. On two occasions, Gregory’s courageous intervention helped put a stop to situations involving sexual harassment and assault.
  3. As a senior noncommissioned officer with experience in both the Army and the Air Force, Gregory was uniquely positioned to offer mentorship and coaching to young Air Force service members working on a predominately Army-led mission. In addition to helping these service members navigate their professional military roles, he also provided mentorship and advice to several service members experiencing personal hardships. Finally, Gregory helped lead anti-extremism trainings to help promote an environment of tolerance and inclusion with regard to diversity in the military.
John Jacob Zucker Gardiner John William Gardner deceased deceased

Stanford University among many others.

John William Gardner who delivered Stanford University’s 100th anniversary commencement address was a mentor to many of us. Secretary of HEW under President Lyndon Johnson where he launched Medicare, he was a champion of citizen participation and campaign finance reform. Gardner founded Common Cause and Independent Sector. He authored many great books including On Leadership and Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent too? He founded the White House Fellows Program and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. He served for many years on the Stanford University’s Board as well as a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Educational Testing Service. Serving with John Gardner on the American Council of Education’s Leadership Task Force, I accepted his offer to mentorship that he offered to members of the task force and spent the next 30 years visiting him as a professor of leadership studies at Stanford University. John W. Gardner was the greatest leader and most courageous human being that I have ever had the honor to know. He died of cancer in San Francisco on February 16, 2002. The Gardner Center at Stanford University partners with communities around the world to develop leadership, conduct research, and help change the lives of young people for the better. As he is most famous for saying: “The first and last task of a leader is to keep hope alive.” I can think of no other person more deserving of being the first recipient of the Larraine Matusak Courageous Leadership Award!

Maushum Basu Kehkashan Basu [email protected] 16473348410

Organisation:
Green Hope Foundation (https://www.greenhopefoundation.com ) is a Canadian registered Not for Profit, that now works in 25 countries. It is one of the few youth led organisations globally that is accredited to UNEP, UNCCD and ECOSOC.

Address of nominee :
88 Broadway Avenue, Suite : 1301
Toronto Ontario M4P 0A5
Canada

Although only 21 years old, Kehkashan has been championing the rights of children and youth, especially girls and those from marginalized communities, using education for sustainable development as a transformative tool to provide them with the skills, knowledge and behaviors to think and act for a sustainable future. She believes that every child has the right to education, to a clean environment and the freedom to decide their own destiny. She is distraught that she is growing up in a world where billions of dollars are spent on producing weapons of mass destruction while thousands of children die of hunger, disease, by drinking contaminated water, especially in the global south. These communities suffer disproportionately from the impacts of pandemics, from climate change and from biodiversity loss although they are least responsible for it.  She believes that her generation is the last one that has the opportunity to rectify these challenges before it is too late – yet the children and youth fraternity continue to be ignored, under-represented and left behind while policy-makers continue to debate and procrastinate about the future of our planet. She does not accept this situation and founded her social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation (www.greenhopefoundation.com)  , through which for the past 13 years she has been working to engage and educate  marginalised youth – refugees , orphans , the homeless – ignoring threats of physical harm, cyberbullying and violence while pursuing her mission. Her work has benefited over 165,000 vulnerable youth, women and girls from 25 countries. For her work, she has been recognised as a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a Forbes 30 under 30 for education and as one of Canada’s Top25 Women of Influence. She has recently been featured as one of the Top100 SDG Leaders of the world. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 250 global forums across 25 countries to influence policy making and demand greater inclusivity of young people in the decision-making processes.

Her changemaking challenges the status quo and has thrown immense obstacles her way. Can you imagine the trauma if as an 8 year old you started receiving crude, malicious emails ? Or be threatened with physical violence by an adult for speaking up about children’s rights ? Or be the focus of a social media hate campaign by jealous , older youth who felt threatened by a 12 year old , who had just been elected as the youngest ever Global Coordinator for United Nations Environment Programmes Youth caucus. For the past 13 years , Kehkashan has looked at all these challenges squarely in the eye and has moved ahead undeterred , to war zones on the Syria – Lebanon border , to Kutupalong – the world’s largest refugee camp that houses 1.5million Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border , to dense tropical rainforests of the Sunderbans to provide sustainability education to the world’s most marginalised and vulnerable children and youth. At the age of 12, she was amongst the youngest delegates at the Rio+20 Earth Summit and was aghast at the complete exclusion of children’s voices in the formulation of the global sustainability agenda. Determined to change this inequality, she founded Green Hope , her social innovation enterprise to provide children and youth , especially girls and those who are marginalised, a platform to learn about sustainability issues and processes and then translate this learning into grassroots actions in their local communities.

 

Her recent projects:

a). Empowering Rohingya refugee children in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh: Green Hope conducted sustainability workshops for 2600 Rohingya refugee children in Kutupalong – the world’s largest refugee camp. They also provided them with books, clothes and toys.

b). Project for vulnerable communities in Bangladesh – displaced by floods and impact of Covid: Green Hope is currently providing food rations, gloves, masks, sanitary napkins to over 6000 displaced persons and migrants in the municipality of Gopalganj in Bangladesh. This is a 2 year project that Green Hope has embarked upon since March2020 to support these displaced persons who have no sources of income and depend only on begging for food. Her solution is addressing the economic situation by training them on sustainable farming , poultry and thereafter providing seeds and poultry for them to become self-employed entrepreneurs. Green Hope is also educating them on hygiene and sanitation, building toilets, as well providing sustainability education to their children. She has provided a permanent source of clean drinking water through rainwater harvesting installations and deep bore tube-wells. Through this project, she is establishing a local circular economy in these villages and elevating these vulnerable communities out of poverty and into a life of dignity.

  1. Green Hope is providing environmental education to children of refugees and asylum seekers who have immigrated to Canada. Through its partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest, Green Hope is providing environmental education to its student with the goal of engaging all of their 250,000 students in 600 schools over a period of 3 years.
  2. In 2019, she led Green Hope in providing sustainability education through a series of workshops to 2000 displaced orphan children who lost their parents to conflict and violence , or are in prisons in Kenya. Green Hope also provided them with books, clothes , school supplies as well water storage containers – so that the girls in these communities do not have to walk for several miles each day to collect water due to which they miss school.
  3. In Liberia, she is working with local youth in villages to install solar panels that provide electrification, thereby creating safe spaces for young people to study and thus move away from a life of drugs and crime. This IT literacy project driven by clean energy will educate more than 2000 young girls.

She is a self-less young woman who is leading the youth movement for peace and disarmament and is using disarmament education to mobilise civil society to influence nations to abandon weapons and nuclear programs.

https://academicimpact.un.org/content/disarmament-education-youth-forefront-disarmament-dialogue

Dr Kandi kamala Dr Kandi kamala [email protected] 09182936331

Dr. Kandi. Kamala, M.A., B.Ed., NET., SET., Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Department of Political Science,
Government Degree College for Women Beugmpet,
Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. 500016

Dr.K.Kamala,  M.A., B.Ed., NET., SET., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of  Political Science, Government Degree College for Women (Autonomous) Begumpet, (Affiliated) to Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. She was awarded Doctorate from the Department of Political Science, Osmania University Hyderabad, India, on “Demand for smaller states: A study of Telangana” in the year 2017. To her credit she has conducted a two day National seminar on “Higher Education in India: Emerging Challenges “in Collaboration with ICSSR, TSCHE and RUSA in the year 2019 and also Conducted National Webinar on “Determinants of Indian Foreign Policy”. She has written three books and has edited three books and also published four book reviews in UGC care list journals. She is the Associate Editor for 04 International Journals and Member of Editorial Board & reviewer for nearly 32 UGC care list Peer-Reviewed and Refereed Journals of National and International level.  She has 9 National and International memberships in various associations. She has been member of Board of Studies in the Dept. of Political Science, Osmania University during 2017-2019. She has presented papers in more than one dozen International and National Conferences and seminars. She has one dozen International reputed Journal Publications and 15 reputed Publications at National level. She has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. She is primarily interested in teaching and research in the areas of public policy.

 

Timothy J. Churchard William T. Cuff [email protected] 603-652-9842

Unlimited Possibilities
P.O. Box 613
Milton, New Hampshire
03851

Bill is a founding member of “Unlimited Possibilities”, a non-profit, charitable foundation, that gives away in grants to people in need of about $50,000.00 a year. “UP” has recipients in Africa, Latin America and the U.S.A. Bill was a “Peace Corps” volunteer and has carried on the mission since the 60’s. He is the leader , arranging volunteer trips to all three of these continents covering the last 20 odd years. He leads the trips and the Organization. He has been leading monthly “zoom” meetings in “Anti-Racism” and “Environmental Awareness” This small “UP” group has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars and volunteer hours. He is the primary unselfish Mover and Leader,who makes this happen year in and out. I have been in Education for over 50 years and have never, come even close to meeting anyone more dedicated and unselfish in his life of giving. He absolutely makes this world better.

Literally in his PhD dissertation he created new ground in the study of the characteristics and contributing factors of “Courage and courageous behavior in every day life. On file at the University of Minnesota.

Ama Baafi Obeng Dennis Obeng Agyei [email protected] +233243949790

P.O. Box 309
AKIM Oda

Dennis Agyei, since I have known him, has always been one to call out the wrongs and faults regardless of whether it is glaringly obvious, or goes unnoticed by others. He has also always been one to act upon desired changes, instead of simply pointing them out and waiting for it to be fixed by somebody else. There has never been an instance where he has backed away from a situation because of a difficulty or challenge. With very limited resources, Dennis has been able to hold fundraisers for charity, championed the welfare of assembly members through the meetings of past and present leaders, and mobilized all assembly members under one umbrella. Although sometimes things may seem impossible or a task may seem daunting, he has never strayed from or abandoned a cause without first trying to the best of his ability to rectify it. One of his most notable achievements as a courageous leader was when he single-handedly challenged the chiefs, and succeeded in securing a land for the Nkwanta M/A school. When it comes to the topic of being granted land in Ghana, the process can be strenuous and more often than not results in denial or dismissal. It was almost formidable to watch Dennis Agyei not only answer to why the land was necessary, but also question the chiefs in a manner that was respectful yet left no room for the topic at hand to be simply brushed off. By being able to secure the land for the school, it is important to note that this will not only be beneficial for the students of this generation but for future generations of students as well. Another prominent achievement of his was when he was the only member to openly challenge the result of a presiding member without the fear of any repercussions. Dennis is a man of fairness and justice, and is not afraid to stand his ground especially when he knows that others are quiet only because they are scared to voice out their own opinions. It is in these situations that he takes charge send acts a representative of said people; to give them a voice even without them having to utter a single word out loud. As long as Dennis knows that something needs to be done a certain manner, nothing stops him from making sure that it is done in said manner. It is for that sole reason that the list of his contributions to the community is might be a little too lengthy. To name a few, Dennis Agyei has helped in renovation of schools, building a library and a computer lab, providing mechanized water and electricity to every corner of the electoral area, building of a rice factory, building of drains, creating job opportunities, securing job placements for electorates and local citizens, and paying off hospital and school fees for those that are unable to do so. He is a natural born leader, who I know will bring honor and progress to whichever place he steps into now and in the future. 

Ama Baafi Obeng Dennis Obeng Agyei [email protected] +233243949790

P.O. Box 309
AKIM Oda

Dennis Agyei, since I have known him, has always been one to call out the wrongs and faults regardless of whether it is glaringly obvious, or goes unnoticed by others. He has also always been one to act upon desired changes, instead of simply pointing them out and waiting for it to be fixed by somebody else. There has never been an instance where he has backed away from a situation because of a difficulty or challenge. With very limited resources, Dennis has been able to hold fundraisers for charity, championed the welfare of assembly members through the meetings of past and present leaders, and mobilized all assembly members under one umbrella. Although sometimes things may seem impossible or a task may seem daunting, he has never strayed from or abandoned a cause without first trying to the best of his ability to rectify it. One of his most notable achievements as a courageous leader was when he single-handedly challenged the chiefs, and succeeded in securing a land for the Nkwanta M/A school. When it comes to the topic of being granted land in Ghana, the process can be strenuous and more often than not results in denial or dismissal. It was almost formidable to watch Dennis Agyei not only answer to why the land was necessary, but also question the chiefs in a manner that was respectful yet left no room for the topic at hand to be simply brushed off. By being able to secure the land for the school, it is important to note that this will not only be beneficial for the students of this generation but for future generations of students as well. Another prominent achievement of his was when he was the only member to openly challenge the result of a presiding member without the fear of any repercussions. Dennis is a man of fairness and justice, and is not afraid to stand his ground especially when he knows that others are quiet only because they are scared to voice out their own opinions. It is in these situations that he takes charge send acts a representative of said people; to give them a voice even without them having to utter a single word out loud. As long as Dennis knows that something needs to be done a certain manner, nothing stops him from making sure that it is done in said manner. It is for that sole reason that the list of his contributions to the community is might be a little too lengthy. To name a few, Dennis Agyei has helped in renovation of schools, building a library and a computer lab, providing mechanized water and electricity to every corner of the electoral area, building of a rice factory, building of drains, creating job opportunities, securing job placements for electorates and local citizens, and paying off hospital and school fees for those that are unable to do so. He is a natural born leader, who I know will bring honor and progress to whichever place he steps into now and in the future. 

Ama Baafi Obeng Dennis Obeng Agyei [email protected] +233243949790

P.O. Box 309
AKIM Oda

Dennis Agyei, since I have known him, has always been one to call out the wrongs and faults regardless of whether it is glaringly obvious, or goes unnoticed by others. He has also always been one to act upon desired changes, instead of simply pointing them out and waiting for it to be fixed by somebody else. There has never been an instance where he has backed away from a situation because of a difficulty or challenge. With very limited resources, Dennis has been able to hold fundraisers for charity, championed the welfare of assembly members through the meetings of past and present leaders, and mobilized all assembly members under one umbrella. Although sometimes things may seem impossible or a task may seem daunting, he has never strayed from or abandoned a cause without first trying to the best of his ability to rectify it. One of his most notable achievements as a courageous leader was when he single-handedly challenged the chiefs, and succeeded in securing a land for the Nkwanta M/A school. When it comes to the topic of being granted land in Ghana, the process can be strenuous and more often than not results in denial or dismissal. It was almost formidable to watch Dennis Agyei not only answer to why the land was necessary, but also question the chiefs in a manner that was respectful yet left no room for the topic at hand to be simply brushed off. By being able to secure the land for the school, it is important to note that this will not only be beneficial for the students of this generation but for future generations of students as well. Another prominent achievement of his was when he was the only member to openly challenge the result of a presiding member without the fear of any repercussions. Dennis is a man of fairness and justice, and is not afraid to stand his ground especially when he knows that others are quiet only because they are scared to voice out their own opinions. It is in these situations that he takes charge send acts a representative of said people; to give them a voice even without them having to utter a single word out loud. As long as Dennis knows that something needs to be done a certain manner, nothing stops him from making sure that it is done in said manner. It is for that sole reason that the list of his contributions to the community is might be a little too lengthy. To name a few, Dennis Agyei has helped in renovation of schools, building a library and a computer lab, providing mechanized water and electricity to every corner of the electoral area, building of a rice factory, building of drains, creating job opportunities, securing job placements for electorates and local citizens, and paying off hospital and school fees for those that are unable to do so. He is a natural born leader, who I know will bring honor and progress to whichever place he steps into now and in the future. 

Emmanuel Yeboah Amoah Dennis Obeng Agyei [email protected] +233243949790

P.o.box 309
AKIM Oda

Donation to charity
Payment of fees and hospital bills
Renovation of schools
Building library and computer lab
Providing of mechanized water and extending it to every Corner of the electoral area
Extention of electricity to every corner of the electoral area.
Building of rice factory
Securing jobs placement and opportunities for electorates and friends
Building of drains

Some of the reasons steps He sees as courageous is that, questioning the chiefs and challenging them and going against the directive by securing a land for the Nkwanta M/A school and also he is the only member to openly challenge results of a presiding member.

Also, He has been able to use his own resources to mobilize all assembly members under one unbrella and has met past and present head of states,kings and chief imam.
To champion the welfare of assembly members.

Twila Martin Kekahbah Starry Kruger [email protected] 917 848-4334 and 212-777-9137

Starry Kruger, President
Rural Development Leadership Network
P.O. Box98 Prince St. Station
New York, NY 10012
www.ruraldevelopment.org

As a member of the Board of Directors for the Rural Development Leadership Network (RDLN), I am proud to submit Starry Kruger, President of RDLN as a nominee for the Matusak Award. Information on Starry Kruger is attached in the box below. Twila Martin Kekahbah

Nuchelle Lee Chance Nuchelle Lee Chance [email protected] 9107740708

Missouri Western State University
Department of Psychology
4525 Downs Dr,
St Joseph, MO 64507

1) Dr. Chance is a social activist, educator, academic, scholar, mentor, social justice advocate, leader, and so on. One of the best ways of sharing experiences is by telling stories, so I want to share some of the stories of the things Dr. Chance has done in her time in Hays, KS. I have to start by describing the socio-politial culture of Hays, KS. Hays is a rural, agricultural city in northwest KS that hinges on Volga German roots. The population is heavily Catholic followed by Protestant. The 5 largest ethnic groups in Hays are White (87.9%), Hispanic (4.4%), Two or more races (4.06%), and Asian (1.51%). The county is over 70% Republican/Conservative and around 23% Democratic/Liberal. Needless to say, there is not a lot of diversity of people, character, thought, religion, ethnicity, or other demographics in this community. Regardless, Dr. Chance when coming to teach at Fort Hays State University refused to shy away or be intimidated by the “good ole boy” mentality and the “white nationalism” that plagued the community. In the wake of the death of George Floyd and many others, Dr. Chance was present and center stage organizing and leading protests in Summer 2020 in this small town although there was quite the adversity surrounding. She faced not only being verbally harassed and assaulted by the opposition but personal threats against her and her family’s wellbeing. Still, she persisted to stay vocal against the national and global issues of police brutality and human injustices. Just because it was not an issue that was happening in Hays, KS at that exact moment did not mean we as a people did not have the right to peacefully protest and stand or kneel in solidarity with our brothers and sisters globally.  

 

2) “A courageous leader is an individual who’s capable of making themselves better and stronger when the stakes are high and circumstances turn against that person. Most of our lives, we’re beset by crises. Courageous leaders are not cowed or intimidated. They realize that, in the midst of turbulence, there lies an extraordinary opportunity to grow and rise.” (Koehn, N.) 

Beyond the nationwide protests, Dr. Chance’s voice was a local force to be reckoned with even when her personal well-being was at risk. In October 2020 there was an incident that occurred on campus that was later identified as a hate crime. A student’s car had been defaced with a racial slur. Due to the climate and culture of the community and the “hush-hush” stance, the university board attempted to take there was not much publicity and the university president and communications officer attempted to brush it under the rug. Dr. Chance on the other hand was not going to let this incident just go on and not attempt to expose the ugly nature of the violator. Dr. Chance addressed the students, the public, and colleagues about how these kinds of acts perpetuated injustices and caused marginalized students to feel unsafe in these spaces. She further chastised the university administration for not supporting the students in the way they felt they should have been. The members of the Black Student Union then decided t0 push the narrative in a different direction and meet the hate with love. Taking note of any rising racial tensions, accompanied by a stressful election year and global pandemic, the BSU decided to get together and take care of one another the best we know how; by giving back to the community. It wasn’t much later when rumors started to circulate that Dr. Chance’s contract may not be renewed for the next academic year because she was “too vocal” and she made the board and administration uncomfortable. Unphased and unbothered, Dr. Chance continued to do her academic, scholarship, and service responsibilities to the university and community.  

  • Organize, facilitate, and lead local protests against police brutality and support basic human rights and justice in the face of extreme opposition. 
  • Develop student leaders and help prepare them for careers and advanced educations. 
  • Organize student groups to raise funds to support lower-income families for the holidays. 

3) One of the primary deliverables Dr. Chance has developed is the first-ever Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color (BIPOC) Community Group. This organization provides support, acceptance, belongingness, and a safe space for underrepresented people of all demographics, whether ethnic, religious, gender, orientation, SES/class, or ability differences. This group is also open to allies, advocates, and accomplices.

She has served on the local school board and consistently been vocal on issues that concern underrepresented populations. 

Dr. Chance has been working with colleagues on campus and local community leaders to increase leadership development opportunities for the URM and disenfranchised populations in her community. 

Working alongside and collaborating with other non-profits such as the United Way, Can You See Me, and the Schmidt Foundation in Ellis County, Dr. Chance has been able to authentically give back to the people of Hays and surrounding areas.

Can you see me? Panel on the challenges of mental illness (2/25/20) 

https://www.fhsu.edu/news/2020/02/fhsu-student-raising-awareness-about-breaking-down-mental-illness-stereotypes?fbclid=IwAR0XcGkA9Iah-gAspI3PqainUPV2TW9-G5GzyxuVJHWF1r9zYXxY3XfNt9k 

 

Graduate acquires more than a degree from FHSU (5/25/20)  https://hayspost.com/posts/5ec7dc82ebfb13423b25ef26 

 

Small and mid-sized towns in Kansas and Missouri are seeing mass protests like never before (6/22/20) https://thebeacon.media/stories/2020/06/22/how-black-lives-matter-protests-are-changing-the-conversation-in-small-towns-in-kansas-and-missouri/?fbclid=IwAR0XcGkA9Iah-gAspI3PqainUPV2TW9-G5GzyxuVJHWF1r9zYXxY3XfNt9k  

 

FHSU instructor selected as new Hays USD 489 board member (9/29/20) https://hayspost.com/posts/e9848fc7-6a3b-4b92-a6b7-00ed15f71acf?fbclid=IwAR1-RrV23BYX7xg6HiApIOk2Gr4A9AT7AAD2afI7wwfMupSDrrJtIrvu-wQ  

 

Community conversations focus of first BIPOC event Tuesday (10/26/20) https://hayspost.com/posts/019bc9fb-9020-462e-8bd9-42b71da60ec3?fbclid=IwAR3bnQMYhI9_b0teUsXIHTnv5FyizR_OcNRMakAfp0maFfXJ64oykg0LEyU 

 

Nominate a deserving family for free Thanksgiving dinner from FHSU BSU (11/17/20) https://hayspost.com/posts/033b32a5-99c3-46b5-a275-c2e349480bd0?fbclid=IwAR2C2ItIfbuQxfodXOKXJHjrv3bNHGlQ_w138pR2W91OQiqlW0bhHynWQjk 

 

Racist History Still Haunts Hays and Other Kansas Towns (3/2/21) https://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/racist-history-still-haunts-hays