Whitney Cipolla, an English and women’s and gender studies senior in The University of Tulsa’s Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, has earned the 2016 Marcy Lawless Service Award.
During her time as a TU student, Cipolla has amassed an extensive résumé of academic achievement, leadership experiences and community engagement. She has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average as a double major, while being involved in a wide range of extracurricular and service endeavors. She has been a classroom volunteer at The Little Light House and is a dedicated Reading Partners volunteer at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School, consistently working with the same student for four years. Through the YWCA’s Girls on the Run program, she was an assistant coach – teaching third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls about goal setting, healthy living, self-esteem and dealing with emotions and bullies.
Cipolla volunteers as a special events coordinator for Youth Services of Tulsa and has been working to organize college visits for LGBTQ+ youths involved in the program. She also educates her peers to promote a safer and more inclusive campus. Cipolla is a certified bystander intervention trainer and works with TU’s Advocacy Alliance to conduct training for groups and classes on campus.
A member of Kappa Delta sorority, Cipolla and has held leadership positions in many organizations, including Student Association, Student Senate, Student Alliance for Violence Education, United Campus Ministry, Society for Gender Equality, Panhellenic and Order of Omega.
In the words of her nominator, Cipolla “is the kind of person who leaves every place better than she finds it, and the impact she has had on those around her is immeasurable.”