MISSION COLLEGE EDUCATOR
HONORED FOR COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS
The National Council of Negro Women has bestowed
its highest honor on Gwen Walker, head of student counseling services
at Los Angeles Mission College.
Walker received the organizations Ida B. Kinney Excellence in Education
Award for her commitment to the many students she has counseled over the
years. Walker has been with the college since its founding in 1975, beginning
as a career guidance counselor and eventually being named counseling department
chair in 1993.
"I'm thrilled," Walker said. "Education is the key, and
counseling students is my passion in life."
"There are many, many people throughout the San Fernando Valley today
who owe their bachelors and masters degrees to Gwen,"
said Dr. Adriana Barrera, Mission College president.
Linda Carruthers, a colleague and fellow counselor at Mission College,
echoed those thoughts.
"Gwen just will not give up on a student," she said, "even
when theyre ready to give up on themselves. So many of her former
students will tell you that Gwen kept them in school."
The Ida B. Kinney award is given to individuals who are dedicated to education;
to helping students reach their highest potential; and to increasing the
opportunities available to African American and other students in the
San Fernando Valley.
The award was presented to Walker by Los Angeles City Council President
Alex Padilla during a Black History Month forum at Mission College on
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