Graduate School News

Baker Receives Boka Hadzija Award for Commitment to Leadership, Scholarship, Service

April 17, 2013

Stephanie Baker, a doctoral student in Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill, has received the 2013 Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service by a Graduate or Professional Student.

The Boka W. Hadzija Award recognizes a graduate or professional student with outstanding character, scholarship, leadership and service to the University. The Graduate School recognized Baker's honor with a cash award and plaque at the 15th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 13, 2013. Her honor is also being recognized at the annual Chancellor's Awards Ceremony in April.

The nomination letter, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Office of Student Affairs, said the following: "Stephanie's goal is to change the outcomes of racial disparities in public health. She has been invited by numerous institutions to present and share her knowledge and passion about social determinants, health behaviors and population health. She has been a research assistant investigating health behaviors in the African-American community."

Additionally, Baker has, over the past four years, served as the summer outreach coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs. In this role, she has planned interactive sessions for middle school, high school and college undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. "Stephanie is a champion for diversity in our School," the nomination letter said.

She has received the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Ethel Jean Jackson Health Education Practice Award, presented to one student each year in recognition of a strong commitment to effective health education practice.

"She demonstrates that commitment in her outstanding contributions to teaching, research and community outreach at Carolina and beyond," said Leslie Lerea, associate dean for student affairs within The Graduate School.

Baker received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology, cum laude, and her master of science degree in physical therapy from Washington University.

Susan Ennett, professor in the Department of Health Behavior; Stephanie Baker, recipient of the 2013 Boka W. Hadzija Award; and Leslie Lerea, associate dean for student affairs at The Graduate School

From left to right: Susan Ennett, professor in the Department of Health Behavior; Stephanie Baker, recipient of the 2013 Boka W. Hadzija Award; and Leslie Lerea, associate dean for student affairs at The Graduate School