2017 Plater Medallion winner: Taylor Rhodes

Taylor Rhodes

MPA’17, Nonprofit Management

You won the Plater Medallion as an undergraduate in 2012. What was your reaction to being nominated and ultimately getting the news that you had won the Plater Medallion for a second time as a graduate student?
I am honored and feel extremely blessed to have been nominated. I feel that even more now that I have won.

Can you tell us a little about the work you’ve done that led to this award?
I am passionate about education and youth development. That passion led me to studying abroad, through SPEA, in 2015. I went to Uganda were I completed an 11-week internship in sustainable international development. I was placed with the NGO Step Up Primary School and facilitated projects around female student empowerment and school safety. Also, for the past three years, I have dedicated my time to local organizations such as Girls Inc., Starfish Initiative and Brooke’s Place. Currently, I am the graduate assistant for Paw’s Pantry, the IUPUI food pantry. I have been with Paw’s for two years and have done my best to advocate for those who experience food insecurity. (more…)

A rare double for Jessica Davis: IUPUI Elite 50, Plater Medallion

Jessica Marie Davis

MPA’17, Policy Analysis

When Jessica Davis takes her seat at IUPUI’s May 14 commencement ceremony in Lucas Oil Stadium, she’ll be a part of an exclusive group. Just seven members of the 2017 graduating class were honored this spring as members of the university’s Elite 50 and also awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. Davis is one of them.

Davis calls the honors “uniquely special” and credits mentors Heather McAlister and Niki Messmore for supporting and championing her throughout her graduate program. Between classes, a graduate assistantship, community involvement, and a full-time job, it has been a hectic yet rewarding semester. “But at the end of the day,” she says, “I work hard as an example for my niece and nephew to open them up to a world that has so much to offer.”    (more…)

2017 Plater Medallion winner: Anna Powell

Anna Powell

Nonprofit Management Certificate

What was your reaction to being nominated and ultimately getting the news that you had won the Plater Medallion?
I was honored to be a Plater Medallion recipient because of the prestige of the award and the nomination from a faculty member.

Can you tell us a little about the work you’ve done that led to this award?
I am a regular volunteer with Indianapolis nonprofit organizations, Second Helpings as a volunteer chef instructor and Dress for Success, a personal shopper and mentor to empower women in need of professional attire and tools for career development. I hold a board position in an international grass roots organization, Slow Food where I serve as the chair of a program that promotes local and sustainable food. During this work I have had the pleasure of advocating for change at the state level regarding our current food systems. (more…)

2017 Plater Medallion winner: Ceceily Brickley

Ceceily Brickley

MPA’17, Public Management

What was your reaction to being nominated and ultimately getting the news that you had won the Plater Medallion?
I was initially a little shocked but ultimately honored to be nominated for the Plater Medallion. We never really know the extent of our influence or who’s watching and this award has affirmed a lot of the work I have done and motivated me to continue pushing forward. (more…)

2017 Plater Medallion winner: Nicole Stewart

Nicole Stewart

BSPA’17, Sustainable Management and Policy

What was your reaction to being nominated and ultimately getting the news that you had won the Plater Medallion?
I was surprised and honored by both the nomination and selection. It is easy to get caught up in other things and forget the true importance and impact of the work being done. Being nominated and the process of filling out the application was a much needed reminder. (more…)