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 through their presence.
This year, Indiana University has selected 27 outstanding recipients for the Kate Hevner Mueller Outstanding Senior Award. In this article, we congratulate Nia Bailey, Micah Camble, Onyea Cummings, Siddarth Das, Kevin Diaz, and Andrea Garcia Estrada for their ability to represent Dr. Mueller’s essential goals of the university: to promote intellect, develop personality, and inspire citizenship and leadership to all students.
Nia Bailey is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in psychology. She is a Groups Scholar, an O’Neill Equity Scholar, and a research assistant in the Social Roles Lab. Her senior honors thesis is dedicated to analyzing racial disparities in foreign language courses. She served as Vice President for Pageantry at IU, a mentor in MentorCollective, and worked as a teaching assistant for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
When reflecting on those that have impacted her most during her time at IU, Nia said:
I would like to thank all the faculty and staff at IU for investing a substantial amount of time, support, and guidance into my academic and professional success. I couldn’t do it without you!
Micah Camble is graduating from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelor of Sciences in Law and Public Policy. Micah is a sprinter and hurdler for the IU Track and Field team, and is now a two-time Big Ten Medalist. One of Micah’s biggest goals was to enhance the college experience for marginalized groups and identities, and has demonstrated his dedication to this goal on campus through serving president of Men of Valor Excelling, an affinity group for minority male student athletes. Additionally, Micah is a member and executive officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, and served as a vice president for the National Pan Hellenic Council at IU.
When reflecting on those that have impacted him most during his time at IU, Micah said:
Thank you mom and dad for everything. Thank you Coach Beathea for believing in me. Thank you Lisa Winters for always supporting me. Thank you to everyone who has supported me.
Onyea Cummings is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. Onyea’s involvement in Department of Theatre and Drama has been extensive, serving as the Assistant Stage Manager for four productions, a Stage Manager for three productions, and a role model for black women in technical theatre. She worked an intern for Themester 2021 on Resilience and served on the Student Advisory Committee to assist in planning Themester 2022 on Identity and Identification. She is currently studying abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
When reflecting on those that have impacted her most during her time at IU, Onyea said:
I would like to thank my mom, dad, sister, other family and friends who encouraged me and helped me become the woman that I am today. I would also like to thank my ancestors; without them, most of the things I have done would only be a dream.
Siddharth Das is graduating from the College of Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. Sid served as president of Students for a New Green World, where he advocated for the formation of a climate action planning committee and strategic plan for the university (which is now working on recommendations). He also served on IU Student Government to advocate for environmental justice. Moreover, Sidd was a Sustainability Scholar for Sustain IU, a student researcher and lab manager with the Critical Food Studies Lab.
When reflecting on those that have impacted him most during his time at IU, Siddarth said:
The passion for the movements I’ve been a part of has come from the knowledge and support that IU has offered me over the past four years. Thank you for getting me into social and environmental justice and for pushing me to make meaningful change in my communities.
Kevin Diaz is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biotechnology. Kevin is a Groups Scholar, a member of Sigma Lambda Beta, and a volunteer EMT for the Bloomington Fire Department. He served as President of Luis Dávila LatinX Thematic Community (supported the Latino Male Initiative) and taught Zulu through the Bridges Program at the Hamilton Lugar School of International Studies.
When reflecting on those that have impacted him most during his time at IU, Kevin said:
It is with and through hard work and dedication that I strive to leave the IU community better than how I found it. I would like to thank my loved ones and my mentors who have taught me and made me the person that I am today.