Candler's student governing body and its president have been selected as recipients of Emory's prestigious Eagle Award, which honors the outstanding achievements of those within the Emory University community.
The Candler Coordinating Council (commonly called "C3") won the Campus Life Award, which is given to a student organization that best exemplifies the Division of Campus Life's Core Values of human development, integrity, collaboration, professionalism and community.
C3 was honored for its creation of the Cultural Competency and Conflict Transformation Project, an effort to provide student programming that encourages dialogue among people from different backgrounds.
C3 President Kim Jackson received the Campus Life Outstanding Leader Award for graduate students. The award is given to a graduate student who has excelled beyond his or her peers through involvement with a campus and/or community organization and has exhibited integrity, collaboration with other students, and intellectual, emotional, and social growth.
Jackson, who graduated from Candler on May 11 with a Master of Divinity degree, was nominated for the award by the Rev. Cynthia S. Meyer, Candler's former assistant dean of students.
"Kim has proven an excellent organizational leader, finding a meaningful balance between the school's leaning toward consensus building and hearing all voices and the need to make decisions and take action," Meyer said in her nomination.
Aside from her extensive involvement in C3, Jackson participated in campus life in many ways, including working in Candler's Admission Office, serving as a mentor for high school students in Candler's Youth Theological Initiative, and volunteering as a medic with Emory's Emergency Medical Service.
"I am extremely honored and humbled by this award," Jackson said, adding that receiving the affirmation of the Emory community is a blessing. "I have immensely enjoyed sharing my gifts and talents with Candler School of Theology, and I am grateful for the formative experience that Candler has provided."