Graduate students win Black Graduate Student Association awards

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Breanya Hogue and Quinton Stroud

Two IU School of Education graduate students have been recognized with awards from the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA). Breanya Hogue is one of the recipients of the Leading the Way award, while Quinton Stroud won the Timothy L. Womock Excellence and Service Award.

Hogue, a Ph.D. Candidate in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education with a minor in Educational Leadership, is currently teaching and working on her dissertation. Her research interests include pre-service teacher urban education, culturally relevant/proactive pedagogies and children’s literature. Besides the award from BGSA, Hogue was recently honored by her department with the Outstanding Teaching Award for Associate Instructors. She is also a children’s book author.

“I was completely humbled when I found out that I actually won the ‘Leading the Way’ award for the School of Education especially with understanding what the award represents,” Hogue said.

Stroud is a fourth year doctoral student in the Education Policy Studies program with a minor in philanthropic studies. His research attempts to understand how states and districts can and have leveraged the federal policy landscape in order to support arts education opportunities in the K-12 sector. Stroud has been very active within IU and the surrounding community. He is a founding member and president of the Black Joy Collective, a student organization which focuses its attention on the socio-emotional well-being of Black graduate students, faculty and staff. Stroud has also written a children’s book, The Wonderful Thing about Yemaya.

“I was very excited to find out that I received the Timothy L. Womock Excellence and Service Award. I think it's a huge honor, particularly because I know Mr. Tim personally. He is one of the kindest and most helpful people I've come into contact with at the university and really cares about the students and ensuring that Black student groups get the support needed for executing community based events. It felt really good to receive an award that carries his name,” Stroud said.

The awards would have originally been given out at the annual BGSA gala; however, due to the pandemic, the gala was canceled.