Honors junior, Justine Hastings ’21, was a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award at the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held at the Carrier Dome on Sunday January 26th. Justine was recognized for her passion for empowering the youth in her community through filmmaking, education and compassion. A double major in secondary English education in the School of Education and English and textual studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, Hastings utilizes creative teaching tools to engage students of all backgrounds and abilities.

“She is committed to equity and expanding educational access and opportunity for all,” says Elizabeth Guanipatin ’21, a friend and peer to Hastings. “She is a passionate advocate for systemic change for all those not in a position of access and privilege.”

Picture of Justine receiving her award from Chancellor Kent Syverud
Justine receiving her award from Chancellor Kent Syverud

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