Monday, April 29, 2013
Director of Alumni Relations
On Friday, April 26, 2013, Kwame Scruggs (PHD Mythological Studies 2009) was presented with the first Wendy Davee Award for Service. The Pacifica Graduate Institute Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association honored Kwame for his many activities and achievements that embody Pacifica's mission "to tend the souls of the world."
After spending three years traveling to and from Ohio to attend Pacifica, he embarked on a post-graduation journey that allowed him to follow his bliss. He has founded Alchemy, Inc., a public school program in Akron, Ohio, which runs in-school and afterschool classes and workshops at seven schools. The program goes beyond the K-12 years and maintains a relationship with the students for at least three years, as students progress from public school through college.
Kwame's vision encompasses the now -- maintaining a core group of students and keeping them in college; tomorrow -- mentoring college students in various cities; and a clear future -- training for teachers and counselors on how to use myth.
As Kwame accepted the award, tears came to his eyes and he thanked Pacifica and his wife for all of their support.
The Wendy Davee Award for Service honors alumna Wendy Davee's memory with awards to one or more alumni who have exemplified Wendy's spirit of community, service, dedication -- "soul tending." This first award is presented as the one-year anniversary of Wendy's death approaches, giving the Pacifica community a chance to celebrate our colleague, friend, alumna who gave so much to so many.