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Harken Wins Veridian Community Engagement Award

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017

Communication Studies instructor and internship coordinator Nikki Harken received a Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship award at the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon on UNI's campus April 6, 2017.

Harken's award-winning project is "To make the Cedar Valley a more inclusive community by creating social stories for local tourism destinations that will allow better participation for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder."  Harken and her students worked with Silos and Smokestacks, the regional heritage tourism organization.

In her application, Harken wrote, "I will teach my Cornerstone students about ASD. Representatives from Silos and Smokestacks will teach students about the tourism offerings in the Cedar Valley.  Students, under my guidance, will create teaching and communicative tools for these organizations to use in benefitting those with differing abilities."

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association hosted the annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon to recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders.