Tri Delta Graduate Receives Prestigious Award

Maggie Dunne, Colgate, has many accomplishments and much to be proud of.

At graduation recently, she received the Alumni Corporation's 1819 Award, (Colgate's most prestigious prize given to the member of the senior class whose "character, scholarship and service best exemplify the spirit that is Colgate"), the Voice of Conscience Award (given to students who promote bridge-building or collective vision among culturally diverse groups), and the Academic Excellence Award from the Native American Studies Department.  Maggie graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University, with honors in Native American studies and a minor in religion.

She is now working full time as the president of Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc., (LCE), a nonprofit organization that she founded while in college. LCE envisions equality for all of America's children and provides needed resources to children, families and schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, our nation's most marginalized community and home to the Oglala Lakota Nation.  Maggie is thrilled to now devote her full time to LCE and hopes to expand the organization even more.  They just opened their first pro bono summer office space in Scarsdale, N.Y., and she will be managing her team of interns this year (one of the interns is a Tri Delta member, too).

In addition to her work with LCE, she also spent three summers in Bangladesh studying social enterprise and micro finance-first with Grameen Bank, and then twice as a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholar. Maggie shared, "I believe that my global experiences have been essential to my approach trying new and innovative approaches to the NGO sector in the USA."

And Maggie also received numerous national awards too, including the Grand Prize in Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women Contest in 2012, a Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact, and a Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Institute. Her written work has been published by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs (2012), Autism Speaks (2009), Colgate Maroon News (2009-12), on the LCE Blog and other on- and off-line publications.

Maggie joined Delta Delta Delta at Colgate University and in 2011 and held the position of co-chair of philanthropy. In 2012, she was named Greek Woman of the Year by Colgate's Panhellenic Association. 

When asked what she had gained from her Tri Delta experience that will help you moving forward, her response was, "I valued the many diverse backgrounds and diverse passions of my sisters.  It was impressive to witness how a group of women came together to support one another.  I look forward to maintaining my relationships with sisters after graduation, linking into the national network, and I hope to have the opportunity to mentor other Tri Delta's in the future too.  I'm proud to be part of a community that values philanthropy and helping others, like our work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."   

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