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Northwest Gift Intended To Assist Black Students In Making A Difference

A Northwest Missouri State University alumna has established an education fund at the university intended to assist black students in accomplishing dreams to graduate and make a difference.

Karen Daniel is a 1980 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. She earned a earned in accounting. She has established the Karen L. Daniel Legacy Fund with a $1 million cash gift.

A portion of Daniel’s gift will be used to establish a cultural center primarily for Black students. Daniel has requested it be named in honor of her niece, Dr. Leslie K. Doyle. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Northwest, Doyle furthered her education and last year was named the inaugural chief inclusion officer at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

Additionally, Daniel’s gift will fund scholarships for Black students and assist Northwest with its renewed focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski called the gift a “game changer” for Northwest Missouri State University.

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