Dartmouth Bestows First Annual Willis-Starbuck Award

DPCS Awards Willis-Starbuck Award

Ione Curva ‘07 was presented with the first annual Dartmouth Partners in Community Service Meleia Willis-Starbuck Award for outstanding service by DPCS chairman and co-founder Chris Cundey ‘59. This honor is awarded annually to an undergraduate who has completed a Dartmouth Partners in Community Services (DPCS) internship and embodies a sustained commitment to citizenship and social justice.

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Ione spent much of her career at Dartmouth committed to the prevention of domestic abuse and violence against women. In the summer of 2006, she completed a DPCS internship with the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Washington, D.C. There, Ione served as a Court Advocate Intern assisting survivors of domestic violence navigate the complicated legal system.

At Dartmouth, Ione co-coordinated “Take Back the Night”, an event designed to show solidarity against sexual assault. Through this event, the Dartmouth community was able to come together to take a stand against sexual violence. Ione has also participated, since the winter of 2004, in the Sexual Abuse Peer Advising (SAPA) at Dartmouth. Through the SAPA program she served as a resource and educator to her peers about issues of sexual abuse.

In addition to her fight against sexual violence, Ione has served as a Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisor, a Peer Academic Advisor, co-directed the Chinese Dance Troup and has been the Opinions Editor for Dartmouth’s Main Street Magazine. She graduated this spring with a double major in Psychology and Spanish modified with Women and Gender Studies. Ione hopes to attend graduate school in Social Work and continue her pursuit of justice.