Kate Hevner Mueller served Indiana University from 1937 to 1969 as Dean of Women, Senior Counselor for Women, and Professor of Education. Dr. Mueller was a national pioneer for women professionals and developed the Master’s Program in College Student Personnel (Higher Education and Student Affairs) at Indiana University in the early 1950s. The Kate Hevner Mueller Senior Awards were established in 2013 to honor IU seniors who have proven leadership on campus both inside and outside of the classroom and who have improved the IU community by their presence.
This year, Indiana University has selected 28 outstanding recipients for the Kate Hevner Mueller Outstanding Senior Award. In this article, we congratulate Amani Khoury for her ability to represent Dr. Mueller’s essential goals of the university: to promote intellect, develop personality, and inspire citizenship and leadership to all students.
Amani is earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Law and Public Policy from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. As a 2020 Sustainability Scholar, Amani worked on a project researching the use of electric vehicles with Professor Sanya Carley. She also interned with Sustain IU for two years – as a First Year Experience intern and as a Utilities and Behavior Change intern – and served as the Co-Director of Sustainability for IU Student Government. All her continuous work with sustainability initiatives got her recognized as the Campus Catalyst Student Leader Award winner, which honors student leaders that display leadership through guiding campus sustainability initiatives. She also completed her thesis this past fall, titled “Climate Migrants: Where Do We Go from Here?,” where she discusses the current and future state of climate migration and poses potential policy solutions. Off-campus, she worked in eviction and small claims court as a certified mediator with the Bloomington Community Justice and Mediation Center.
Amani found that the countless opportunities she’s had while at Indiana University are due to the incredible people that lifted her up along the way. When asked to reflect on this idea, she said
Throughout my time at IU, I have been presented with countless opportunities to live my school’s mission and lead for the greater good. This is, in large part, because of the incredible people who have continuously lifted me up throughout my time here. I would like to thank Stephen Glaholt, Joan Pong Linton, Fritz Lieber, Andrew Predmore, and all others who helped me along the way, I will always be grateful.”