Munmun Khan (center) and Zeinab Khalil (right) at the recent MLK Spirit Award Ceremony.
The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) students Munmun Khan, Zeinab Khalil and Keya Patel recently received the Ninth Annual Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award. The award honors undergraduate students, from Central Campus schools and colleges, who demonstrate the leadership and vision of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Munmun (B.A. International Studies ’14) is a Gates Millennium Scholar and recipient of the International Institute’s Summer Research Grant, interning at Save the Children International. As a campus leader, she has been active in the Global Scholars Program, Project Community, and Program on Inter-Group Relations. In these capacities, she has worked with peers to challenge power, privilege, and social identity and their impact on interpersonal relations. Most recently she has been one of the facilitators for the first dialogue on “Race, Socioeconomic Status and Health Equity” for graduate students at the School of Public Health and is currently working on a grant to bring social identity awareness to the Community Action and Social Change minor. Munmun has previously been recognized on campus through the Social Justice Award (2013) and the Outstanding Community Impact Award by the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. In addition, she has been published online in the Huffington Post.
Zeinab (B.A. International Relations and Middle Eastern and North African Studies ‘14) is the co-founder of the Michigan Women of Color Collective and is a Michigan Daily columnist covering social justice issues. She is a member of the Students Allied for Freedom and Equality BDS Committee and currently sits on the President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues. In addition, she was a facilitator for Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in metro-Detroit and served as President for the Muslim Students’ Association. Zeinab was a Davis Projects for Peace Fellow and Truman Scholarship Finalist; she also participated in the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nazra for Feminist Studies.
Keya (B.S. International Studies ’15) is the external director of Sa Nimá Collaborative. Sa Nimá Collaborative strives to work with members in the rural community of Samox San Lucas in Guatemala to conduct education and engineering projects. In terms of the education project, Keya has been instrumental in locating linguistic training, and cultural competency for Sa Nimá Collaborative and holds a strong belief that children should have every opportunity to learn and to thrive through interactive learning methods. During the design and iteration phase of the organization's engineering project, Keya worked to ensure the solar lights prototypes were culturally appropriate and sustainable within Samox San Lucas. To reflect upon her service work in Guatemala, Keya has executed collaborative events on the University of Michigan's campus. Examples of events include the SEE Sustainable Development Conference, a campus-wide conference on social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and the Unpacking your Travel Experiences: Reentry Event, which brought together students from fourteen engineering organizations to evaluation the meaningfulness of their organization's international experience.