Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Undergraduate Women's Leadership Award

The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, in conjunction with the Gannon Scholars Leadership Program, is pleased to announce the awardee of the seventh annual Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Award: Kiana King.

Kiana will graduate in May 2020 with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Leadership Studies and is also part of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. We were particularly impressed with how she has carried her academic interests outside the classroom to address current healthcare needs; for the past several years, she has worked on a research team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital to improve the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric concussions. Kiana has carried this same dedication to service, empowerment, and justice to her involvement on-campus. She mentors other students of color and first-generation college students through the STARS program and facilitates Alternative Break Immersions through Campus Ministry.

Dr. Shweta Singh, Associate Professor in the School of Sociology, was scheduled to speak to our nominees and guests at the award reception. We are extremely fortunate that Dr. Singh has graciously recorded her message online instead: click here. We are especially grateful to her for taking the time to make this video available to all of you.

The selection committee was terrifically impressed with all of the amazing students who were nominated for this award. All are accomplished scholars and dedicated leaders for social justice. Thank you to all of the Loyola faculty, staff, and students who thoughtfully volunteered your time and effort to nominate these wonderful students.

Award Criteria & Selection Process

This award recognizes women undergraduate students who exemplify Loyola’s Jesuit values and the Gannon Center’s mission of fostering a more just world through leadership, research, and service. The recipient is chosen from a pool of nominations submitted by faculty, staff, and students and is based on an application submitted by the nominee.

Award Details

  • The award is open to any currently enrolled woman undergraduate student. A student may not win the award more than once.
  • Nominee must first be nominated by a Loyola faculty or staff member or current Loyola student.
  • After a nomination is received, the nominee will be contacted and asked to submit a brief reflection on how they contribute to a more just world.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • All nominees will be asked to attend the next award reception in March 2021.


  • Nominations for the spring 2021 award will open in late fall 2020.