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Betty Wariari receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Humanitarian Award

Betty Wariari, Maseru, Lesotho, received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award last week.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [5/2/2011]

Betty Wariari, Maseru, Lesotho, received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Wariari, who works with families impacted by HIV and AIDS in the African nation of Lesotho, is one of nine alumni who are 2011 award winners. She was honored at an April 29 dinner and ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Humanitarian Awards go to Minnesota State Mankato graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

Wariari, a native Kenyan, vowed to return to Kenya after graduation to help save lives and promote economic advancement. She graduated in 2008 with a master’s degree in health science (community health).

As a student she helped establish the Global Health and Peace Club and organized a free HIV testing clinic on campus. She was vice president of the African Student Association and was a student representative to the President’s Commission on Diversity.

After graduation she educated Twin Cities immigrant communities about HIV/AIDS, then was hired by the William J. Clinton Foundation. She works in Lesotho, Africa, helping to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child. She also has founded a non-profit organization, Touched to Inspire International, to address Kenya’s socioeconomic gaps.

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Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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