Wall Service Award 2013 Winners

Jenny Dale ’06

Jenny Dale ’06 will use her $25,000 Joseph F. Wall '41 Sesquicentennial Alumni Service Award to support Una Vida Digna (A Dignified Life), a project of Desarollo Sostenible para Guatemala/Sustainable Development for Guatemala (DESGUA). The goal of this project is to build sustainable support mechanisms that enable young returned migrants to productively pursue personal development and establish their livelihood in the western highland region of Guatemala. They plan to accomplish this through relationship building, leadership development, educational and skills building workshops, internships, cultural orientation, and psycho-social assistance. A recipient of an Alumni Senior Award when she graduated from Grinnell, Jenny has been deeply engaged in issues of immigration and human rights in the faith community of Chicago; she has recently relocated to Guatemala, where she now makes her home.

Latona Giwa ’09

Latona Giwa ’09 is the founder of the Birthmark Doula Collective (BDC) in New Orleans. BDC doulas meet with pregnant women and their families in their homes during pregnancy, support women throughout labor and delivery, assist with breastfeeding in the hospital, and conduct postpartum home visits with the new family. Using a $25,000 Joseph F. Wall '41 Sesquicentennial Alumni Service Award, Latona will launch the New Orleans Community Doula Program, allowing BDC to provide quality doula support on a larger, more systematic, and better documented scale. In doing so, they will build essential relationships with area hospitals and insurance companies, an important step in making doula support part of the mainstream perinatal care in the region. Latona received an Alumni Senior Award, and moved to New Orleans after graduation as a Grinnell Corps fellow. She is currently studying to become a nurse midwife through the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans.

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