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.


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.