April 20, 2011
All three students receiving Spirit of Community Awards are in the
College of Arts and Sciences: Hajer Al-Faham (center), a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies; Rebecca Recinos (right), a junior majoring in Liberal Studies with a
Psychology minor; and Maggie
Wykowski (left), a senior majoring in Sociology. The students were recognized for
their outstanding accomplishments in service to the community at an awards ceremony on April 19.
Hajer Al-Faham, is currently president of both the Muslim
Student Association and the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society. She has been a volunteer at Everett
Providence Medical Center Hospice, Mariner High School, Snohomish County
Women-to-Women Program, and the King County Domestic Violence Unit. As a first generation Iraqi and Shia Muslim
American, she frequently speaks on issues relating to Islam and the Middle East
with campus groups, including Campus Ministry, Office of Multicultural Affairs,
and the Middle Eastern Law Students Association. She has presented at community
events in collaboration with the Council on American Islamic Relations. Everett
Community College, World Affairs Council, University of Washington Political
Science Department, St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Ahmaddiyya Muslim Community, and
Temple B’Nai Torah.
Recinos is a team leader for Jumpstart, SU’s program that pairs students with
preschoolers from low-income families for supportive one-on-one relationships
that build language, literacy, and social skills. In the last academic year,
her efforts focused on Prospect Enrichment Preschool, 1919 E. Prospect St.
Although a commitment of 300 hours is required of team leaders, she has
volunteered for more than 400 hours. Last summer, Recinos served as a
Shinnyo-en Summer Fellow, an SU program to increase a student’s capacity for
community and campus leadership while discerning a vocational path. For her
fellowship, she chose Childhaven, a leader in therapeutic child care dedicated
to healing young children, birth to five years old, who are the victims of
abuse and neglect. She continued volunteering during fall and winter quarters
and this spring joined the staff as a part-time substitute therapeutic
Maggie Wykowski is
a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative Student Leaders for the
Common Good. After serving a fellowship with
Puget Sound Sage, a local advocacy organization working to achieve economic
prosperity for all by organizing faith communities, labor, and other
stakeholders on pressing social justice issues, she joined the staff part-time.
Last summer, she was a Fellow in the Center for Service and Community
Engagement where she worked with the other student leaders to hone their
leadership skills and with participants as they examined issues affecting some
of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents. During her junior year, she
received a fellowship to work with the Seattle Times as part of the
Center for Strategic Communications project on family homelessness. She
has been a mentor at the King County Youth Detention Facility and Co-President
of OXFAM America at Seattle University.
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