The Gloria L. Hobbs Inspiration Award

Presented to students who have shown empathy, helpfulness, and a willingness to go above and beyond in support of their peers throughout their undergraduate experience.

Our Namesake: Dr. Gloria L. Hobbs

In 1962. Dr. Hobbs became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Foreign Languages at the recently desegregated University of Texas. During this time, she encountered several experiences with racism and was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement, including the housing of the Freedom Riders. In 1966, she helped create and direct the first Texas Women’s Job Corps Center, which provided thousands of underprivileged young women from all over the country with the skills needed to be gainfully employed and good citizens.  

In 1972, Hobbs became the first African American elected to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees. She has since had a long and deep relationship with Ithaca College, including establishing the President Shirley M. Collado Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Ithaca College Community and the Dr. Gloria L. Hobbs Endowed Scholarship for Students in the African Diaspora. She was named an honorary trustee and recognized with the college’s Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Hobbs is a charter member of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, the Leadership Council of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Legacy Society of Doctors Without Borders, and a Life Member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Her commitment to our community and her passion for equity work serve as an inspiration to us all. 

Our 2024 Recipients

The 2024 Gloria L. Hobbs Inspiration Awards recipients along with their majors, minors, and a small highlight of their involvement on campus.  Congratulations to all our awardees!

Inbaayini Anbarasan

Inbaayini is posed in a group picture with four others. Inbaayini is positioned on the far left of the photo and is wearing jeans and a grey short-sleeved shirt. She is smiling.

Major: Journalism with minors in Media Literacy and Psychology

News Director, WICB and VIC Radio (Fall 2023-Spring 2024) | Producer, ICTV Reports (Fall 2022) | Producer, Newswatch (Fall 2023-Spring 2024) | Producer, Election Center (Fall 2023) | Producer, Election Night (Fall 2023) | Peer Leader, (Fall 2021-Fall 2023) | IT Service Desk Consultant, (Fall 2022-Spring 2024) | 50 hour marathon DJ, (Spring 2024) | Head Delegate, Model UN, (Fall 2022)

Anissa Borno

Anissa is posed in a group photo with three others in front of camera.

Major: Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Health

Ithaca College Craft for a Cause Member: (Spring 2022-Fall 2022) | IC After Dark Vice President of Media: (Fall 2022-Fall 2023) | Health and Happiness Club Media Coordinator: (Fall 2022- Spring 2023) | ID Office Operations Assistant-Ithaca College ID Express: (Spring 2022- Spring 2024) | Ithaca College Pre-Health Society Member: (Fall 2022-Spring 2024) | Pinky Swear President: (Fall 2022-Spring 2024) | Ithaca College Women's Club Volleyball Starting player: (Spring 2023-Spring 2024) | Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement Member (Spring 2023-Spring 2024) | Pre-Physician Assistant Club Member: (Fall 2023-Spring 2024) | First Generation

Desoni Cooper

Desoni is posed for a photo in front of a beige wall with framed images. Desoni is wearing a short dress that is grey and black patterned and is smiling at the camera.

Major: Documentary Studies and Production with a minor in Economics

Editor: (Fall 2023) | Ithaca College Television Ambassador: (Spring 2019) | Future Now Slideshow Operator: (Spring 2019 - Fall 2021) | Christian Community Church Member: (Spring 2020 - Present) | New York Film & Television Student Alliance Member: (Fall 2018 - Fall 2019) | Women in Business

Heaven Cuevas

Heaven is posed for a photo at night. Heaven is wearing a long white patterned dress with a graduation stole. Heaven is facing the camera and smiling.

Major: Journalism with a minor in African Diaspora

Communication Specialist Office of Access, Opportunity, and Achievement (Fall 2021-Present) | Presented at Planned Parenthood IC Club (Fall 2023) | Club Basketball (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)

Vanivy Delaney

Vanivy is posed for a headshot on a white background. Vanivy is wearing a blue patterned top and has braided black hair. Vanivy is looking directly at the camera and is smiling.

Major: English Education with a minor in Sociology

Peer Career Advisor- Center for Career Exploration and Development (Fall 2022-Present) | Resident/Apartment Assistant (Fall 2021-Present) | IC Ballroom Dance Social Media Chair (Fall 2022-Spring 2023) | IC Ballroom Dance President (Fall 2023-Present) | Ithaca Achievement Program Member (Fall 2020-Present) | Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society (Fall 2022-Present) | Alpha Kappa Delta- Sociology Honor Society (Spring 2023-Present)

Liguori Flanagan

Liguori is posed in a group photo in the Fitness Center gym. Liguori is positioned left of center and is in a squat.

Major: Health and Physical Education

 Club Basketball | Yoga Fitness Instructor | Student owned clothing brand

Pearl Hettich

Pearl is posing for photo in front of Dillingham Fountains. Pearl is wearing khaki pants, brown belt, and a black polo shirt with Ithaca name tag. Pearl is staring directly at the camera and smiling.

Major: Physical Therapy with a minor in Psychology

Asian American Alliance President: (Fall 2023-Spring 2024) | Asian American Alliance Treasurer: (Fall 2022-Spring 2023) | Ithaca College Physical Therapy Students of Color Outreach Coordinator (Spring 2024) | Ithaca College Chinese Student Scholars Association (Fall 2021- Spring 2024) | Student Employee at Student Accessibility Services as Document Conversion Specialist (Fall 2020-Spring 2024) | Leadership Scholar Program (Fall 2020-Spring 2024) | Oracle Honor Society (Fall 2021) | Knowledge to Action Retreat (Fall 2022) | Summer Student Leader Consultant at Office of Student Engagement (Summer 2023) | East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference (Spring 2023-Spring 2024)

Lisandra Espiritusanto Marte

Lisandra is posed in a group photo. Lisandra is positioned on the far right and is wearing white pants and a patterned brown and white top. Lisandra is facing the camera and is smiling.

Major: Communication Management and Design

MEMBERSHIPS: Black Artists United - Event Coordinator since (Fall 2024) | Ithaca Athletics Creative Media (co-curricular) - Secretary (Fall 2023-Present), member (Fall 2021-Present) | SOCC (Fall 2021-Present) | Sister2Sister (Fall 2021-Present) | IC Unbound (Fall 2023-Present) | iSign (Spring 2022-Present) | IT@IC Student Employee - IT Support Consultant (Spring 2022 - Fall 2022) | Island Fusion (Spring 2022-Fall 2023) 

PARTICIPATION/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Knowledge to Action Retreat (2022) | ALS Commemoration Event (2024) | IC PODER Banquet (2021, 2022, 2023) | S2S Lotus Banquet (2022) | VP of SACL search, (2024) | Black History Month Showcase (2024) | IC Spring Day of Service (2024) | MLK Celebration Programming (2024) | BIPOC Kickback (2024) | EdTech Day (2024) | BAU Cabaret (2023)

Nathalie Molina

Nathalie is posed in a group photo with five other individuals. Nathalie is positioned second from the left and is wearing a burgundy dress. Nathalie is looking at the camera and is smiling.

Major: Communication Management and Design with a minor in Business Administration

Executive Board Member of IC's Sister 2 Sister Social Media Chair and President (Fall 2022-Spring 2024) | Executive Board Member of the Bureau of Concerts Marketer and Director of Marketing and Content Strategy (Fall 2022- Spring 2024) | Social Media Content Strategist for Ithaca College (Fall 2021- Spring 2024)