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 Lauren Long 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.
Lauren, a Hudson and Holland Scholar, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with an individualized major in Biopolitics of Gender and Sexuality, Race, and Disability from the College of Arts and Sciences, with a minor in Spanish. As a student researcher, Lauren co-authored a study detailing the role of representation and relationship, family, racial bias and white supremacy in the sexual health experiences of Black women. Lauren’s student involvement experiences were broad, including multiple director roles in the Indiana Memorial Union Board. In her executive role as Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Union Board, she organized and executed an organizational equity audit to ensure the processes, practices, and program efforts of the Indiana Memorial Union were evolving to become more equitable and inclusive. Lauren was also a member of the 99th Board of Aeons, and a campus CommUNITY educator for Residential Program Services.
Lauren expressed support and gratitude for three strong women who would not miss a time to celebrate all that Lauren has accomplished during her time here at Indiana University:
I am honored that my mother, my Auntie, and my good sis would join me in celebration. Momsen, you are power, and you have created a force in your daughter. Auntie Say, your wit and wisdom bring spirit to my life. Autumn, your magnetism and charisma inspire my energy. Everything I am and everything I will accomplish are because of you all. I love you dearly.”