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The Gloria L. Hobbs Inspiration Award 2022

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. 

I felt that being a person of color on an athletics team makes me proud to represent IC as I am a dedicated worker and student. As an Asian American woman, I have strived to be a supportive person that other students of color could come to, especially those that I identify with. 

Katherine Chan, Class of 2022

Our 2022 Recipients

The 2022 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!

Malachi Burley

Malachi is looking off in the distance with his hand on his chin. He is wearing a black shirt, glasses, and a gold bracelet

Major: Sociology | Minor: Politics, Education, Counseling

BIVB Army National Guard | Army ROTC Leadership Scholar 2018-2019 

Katherine Chan

Katherine is standing in front of a short with a body of water behind her. She is wearing a large, light blue, knit sweater with a yellow shirt underneath. Her hair is parted in the middle and she is smiling at the camera.

Major: Business Administration | Minor: Marketing Concentration 

Varsity Women's Golf Team | Boxing Club | Asian American Alliance | Service Sorority 

Tsedale Forbes

Tsedale is turned to the side, smiling at the camera in front of a wooden fence. She is wearing a grey tshirt.

Major: Health Education  

Orientation Leader | Admission Ambassador | Admission's Host Committee Tour Guide | Admission's Host Committee Co-Chair | Island Fusion Caribbean Dance Team | Figure Skating Team | IC Mixed.  

Carly Greer

Carly is looking at the camera wearing a tan tube top, a silver cross necklace, and white hoop earrings

Major: Architectural Studies  | Minor: Honors

Resident Assistant |  Martin Luther King Scholar Program | Academic Associations with Honors | SLI's discussion Race and Power | Christian Community Church | Chipotle Employee

I was given the opportunity to leave an impact on the residents that have to live on campus and decided to become an RA with students who look like me in mind. It was one of the best decisions I could’ve made. 

Carly Greer, Class of 2022

Alma Guardado

Alma is looking at the camera wearing a dark red blouse.

Major: Social Studies Education 

Teacher Assistant at South Hill Elementary School | Field Experiences in multiple Ithaca City Schools Peer Mentor for History Department | Student Teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School | Writer for Buzzsaw Magazine. 

Tywanda Jones

Tywanda is looking at the camera with a pursed lip and giving a peace sign with her hand. She is wearing long red twists in her hair and a grey jacket.

Major: Psychology | Minor: Counseling 

Big Brother Big Sister | S2S (Sister to Sister) Residential Aide | Ithaca Achievement Program | Towers Dinning Hall | Psychology of Adjustment Teachers Assistant. 

Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav is smiling at the camera wearing a blue suit and tie and black rimmed glasses.

Major: Business Administration | Concentration: Management | Minor: Integrated Marketing Communications and Entrepreneurship 

Leadership Scholar | Pitch Please Acapella Group Member | Pitch Please Music Director 

Serah Lawal

Serah is smiling at the camera wearing a black top. Her hair is curly with bangs.

Major: Legal Studies | Minor: Honors minor 

BOLD Scholar 2020-2022 |  Volunteer at KVice |  President of POC in Finance | Peer Success Coach | Executive Administrator for church on campus and Christian Community Church | Exploratory Program Ambassador/Peer Leader | Ithaca Achievement Program | Office Assistant for Tutoring Services | Office Assistant for Office of Student Conduct | CSTEP | Debate Team | Model UN | H & S Summer Scholar | MKL Day of service | Orientation Leader.  

Understanding and navigating the difficulty of my personal transition to college made me realize that I did not want others to go through the same thing.

Serah Lawal, Class of 2022

Kyla McCall

Kyla is standing in front of the IC Fountains smiling at the camera. She is wearing a jean jacket and a multicolored shirt. She has a gold hoop septum piercing.

Major: Biology | Minor: Chemistry 

Hi Fashion Model | Teacher Assistant | Orientation Leader | Phonathon Caller 

Quincie Moe

Quincie is sitting on a stage in a yellow gingham suit, smiling.

Major: Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy | Minor: Health and Sport & Exercise Psychology 

Ithaca College Catering Company |  Student Manager | Ithaca College Physical Therapy Association |  Ithaca College Unite For Her | Presented at the Ithaca College Seminar Symposium | Ithaca College Physical Therapy Students of Color | Physical Therapy Civic Engagement Committee | IC Me Program | Ithaca College Physical Therapy Mentor | Teaching Assistant-Mobility Training | Assist in the cleaning of PT classrooms weekly.

Cesar Morocho

Cesar is smiling at the camera in a blue pin stripped suit with a blue background behind him.

Major: Health Sciences | Emphasis: Pre-Med | Minor: Chemistry 

Peer Leadership Program | Chemistry Teaching Assistant | Student Health Emergency Liaison | H&S Summer Scholar Research Program | Chemistry Club Treasurer | IC Health Society Group Member | Chemistry Anti-Racist & IDEA Member. 

Despite coming from a small background, being a first generation student in my Ecuadorian family studying to be a doctor... I’ve made it my goal to give back to my Ithaca community. 

Cesar Morocho, Class of 2022

Meaghan Newkirk

Meaghan is smiling at the camera while sitting in a room with plants behind her. She is wearing a green sweater, many rings on her fingers, and a gold necklace.

Major: Psychology (B.A.) | Minor: Legal Studies 

Research Team Mentor and Leader | Teacher's Assistant for ICSM | Ithaca Achievement Program

Emily Obando

Emily is looking at the camera while wearing a black shirt and gold necklaces. She is sitting in front of a wood wall.

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications | Minor: Graphic Design 

S2S E-Board Public Relations Liason | Ithaca Achievement Program | IT Service Desk Consultant | S2S Showcase Student Vendor |  BOLD Scholar Student Vendor | Deans List Fall 2020. 

Helen Reyes

Helen is sitting on a rock in front of a body of water. She is wearing shorts and a beige hoodie, smiling at the camera.

Major: Anthropology | Minor: Education Studies 

IC First Gen | IC Education Department | IC Uncommon Ground for the Common Good | IC Orientation Leader | History Forge Ithaca |  South Hill Mentorship, Ithaca College |  IC Cashier/Hostess Terrace Dining Hall |  ESOL Teacher, Make The Road New Jersey | Thee Open House Project | IC Beyond: Curriculum Developer | IC Student Conduct Review Board | IC Project Embolden | IC Ambassador | Church of God Israelite | IC Her Campus | IC Women In Music | IC MII | ICTV Director’s Chair | IC Campus Band:| Theatre Lab. 

Gisela Rosa

Gisela Rosa

Major: Sociology | Minor: Education and Legal Studies

Honoring Blackness at IC | OURstory is not HIStory | Education Ambassador to the Spring Lecture for Education | CUMEP Camp Counselor | Cashier at MACs | PODER President | Peer Mentor, at the Office of Access, Opportunity and Achievement.

Manny Sanchez

Manny is standing in front of the IC Fountains smiling at the camera. He is wearing a navy blue polo shirt.

Major: Television Radio 

Ithaca College Television (ICTV): Sports Final - Producer | Newswatch - Producer and Director | ICTV Reports - Director | Bombers Live - Producer and Director | The Gridiron Report - Producer | Bombers Live Esports - Creator, Producer, Host | Esports Club: Founder and Captain of the Club League of Legends Team. 

Alyssa Spady

Alyssa is smiling at the camera while standing with her arms crossed in front of her body. She is wearing a blue blazer and a nude blouse.

Major: Journalism  | Minor: Legal Studies and Politics 

Varsity Women's Basketball | Leadership Academy, Ithaca College Athletics  | VIC Radio News and Sportscaster | Center for Strategic and International Studies Bootcamp | WICB 91.7 FM Newscaster | Vice President of Programming, Society of Professional Journalists | Ithaca College Television On-Air Talent | VIC Radio Podcast Host | Buzzsaw Magazine Writer.

Gabrielle Tola

Gabrielle sits on a metal bench in front of many plants. She is wearing a red top and smiling at the camera with her hair parted to one side.

Major: Creative Writing | Minor: Latinx Studies

Neptunemuse Holistic Astrology Readings (small business) | Jiva Take 1 Podcast | VoyageMia local artist feature | Ithaca Firsts First Look Orientation Leader | IDEAS Peer Educator | Students of Color Coalition EMPOC representative & Class of 2021 representative | EMPOC Secretary & Treasurer | First Generation Co-Event Coordinator | Futures | HiFashion Model Sister 2 Sister| IC Proud | Amnesty | Committee on Decolonial Affairs | Caribbean Students Association | Feminists United | IC Books Through Bars | IC Strike | Passion Project | Ithaca Achievement Program | Afro-Latino Society.

I've been a source of empowerment through my confidence and resilience in life, but also through my work as a healer through my astrology business and music. Nothing honors me more than to know I've touched others' hearts.

Gabrielle Tola, Class of 2022

Isabella Topping

Isabella is looking at the camera, smiling. She is wearing a black blouse with a black necklace; her hair is parted to the side.

Major: Health Education | Major: Physical Education 

Exceptional Academic Excellence Award |Outstanding Major of the Year Award at the NYS AHPERD Conference | BOLD Scholar | President’s Scholar | South Hill Elementary School volunteer | Northeast Elementary School volunteer | Candor Elementary School Student Teacher | Ithaca College Health Education & Physical Education Majors Club Treasurer | Ithaca College Unbound Dance Company  | Admin of the IC “Student Response to Corona Virus” Facebook group for Ithaca College | Lab Consultant for IT | Service Desk Consultant for IT 

Silas Turner

Silas is looking at the camera in front of a black fence and a blue sky. He is wearing a white polo shirt and rose tinted glasses.

Major: Politics | Minor: Honors 

Community Council Vice President for Landon, Bogart, Clarke | Community Council Building Governor for Boothroyd, Rowland, Talcott | Terraces Dining Hall | Treasurer for IC Tabletop | Former Member of IC eSports Smite Team | Ithaca Achievement Program | Alumni Family Engagement at IC Alumni Hall. 

Nelson Wu

Nelson is looking at the camera in front of a brick wall wearing a grey tshirt.

Major: Athletic Training

Ithaca Men's Club Soccer | IC Ground Up Crew | Ithaca Athletic Training Student Association (IATSA) | IC Circus Club