“Donors are truly committed to advancing education, and I would like to tell them ‘thank you’ for seeing something in me.”

Since returning to the University of Iowa, Kira Pasquesi of Darien, Illinois, has been able to help bring about social change on campus thanks to the support of generous donors.

Currently working on her doctoral dissertation, Pasquesi is investigating how universities use inclusive language regarding gender and race to represent diversity and inclusion on campus. She is the recipient of the Emma E. Holmes Education Scholarship, which supports deserving students in the College of Education.

This scholarship will allow Pasquesi to focus on projects that align with her passion. “I am so thankful for the donors who put their trust in students like me who are trying to make a difference in the world,” she says.

After earning her B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 2005, and a master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, Pasquesi returned to Iowa as a doctoral candidate in higher education and student affairs. She is helping to establish better educational and preventative initiatives regarding sexual misconduct on campus and has worked diligently on the university’s “It’s On Us” campaign, which works to encourage everyone to play a bigger role in preventing sexual assaults. She hopes to continue this work after completing her degree, either at the UI or on another university campus.

During her undergraduate years at Iowa, Pasquesi served as both a morale captain and executive council member of Dance Marathon, the university’s largest student organization that raises money for children battling pediatric cancer. She also was involved with Alpha Chi Omega and the Panhellenic Council, which connected her to a number of service opportunities and taught her to appreciate the power of giving back.

“Financial support may mean different things to different people, but in the end, our donors are creating future leaders.”

Help support students like Kira by giving to the University of Iowa College of Education today.