Indiana University President Pamela Whitten has recognized two undergraduates and one master’s student at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs for their contributions to create and implement the IU Student Mental Health Strategic Plan.
Maddie Mustaine, a rising senior pursuing a degree in public affairs, Julianne Akard, who is studying chemistry, economics, and healthcare management and policy, and Lauren Ann Williams, who recently earned her Master of Public Affairs degree, were singled out for the ways their research and analysis shaped IU’s plan, and for providing perspectives as a current student.
“Every step of the way, you made sure that the student experience was at the forefront of discussions around improving the climate and policies of IU,” Whitten said. “You also paid keen attention to the services and support we offer students experiencing challenges to their mental health. Because of you, your peers on every IU campus will experience a more engaged community that fosters a culture of care, belonging, and support.”
Mustaine, Akard, and Williams worked under the guidance of IU Chief Health Officer Aaron Carroll on the plan. O’Neill Distinguished Professor Kosali Simon assisted in facilitating the students’ collaboration with Dr. Carroll.
“Julianne, Lauren, and Maddie are inspiring young professionals who go the extra mile to ensure student support structures are built with student input,” Simon said. “It has been my absolute pleasure to work with them on research and in helping coordinate their service contributions.”