Ruth Goins ’13 and Kabungo “Yanick” Mulumba ’15 were presented with the Joseph L. Barrett Award at a special ceremony on Wednesday. The Barrett Award is conferred by the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) in memory of Joseph L. Barrett ’73 to honor exceptional students who generously give their time and support to assist their peers in developing more meaningful college experiences.

Goins was honored for her dedication and service to her fellow students in their academic pursuits. She has served at the BSC as a peer tutor, an ESL peer consultant, a reading course assistant, and a posterer. She was a peer tutor in Spanish and Arabic, and her experience learning languages informed her work as an ESL peer consultant supporting international students in polishing their English language skills.

Mulumba was honored for his contributions to the Real Talk @ 5 Linden initiative in its inaugural year. Real Talk is a Friday afternoon salon where Harvard students meet for down-to-earth conversations about ideas and life. Mulumba was instrumental in helping to launch and sustain the initiative, coming up with the title, generating topics, publicizing the events, and updating its Facebook page and listserv. Most importantly, he set a tone of openness, sharing, and learning at the conversations.

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