Mishma Nison
2021 First-Gen at Iowa Award Recipient

First-Generation Student Achievement Award

Mishma Nixon is a senior from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is majoring in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Social Justice. She is the first of her extended family to attend college, and the first in her immediate family to graduate high school. As a first-generation and international student, she is determined to make the best out of her college experience and has been actively seeking out opportunities to learn and give back. She has held leadership positions in the Campus Activities Board, South Asian Student Alliance, and International Student Advisory Board. She is also a Writing Fellow at the UI Writing Center and a UI Honors Program admin and peer mentor. Mishma was awarded the Global Student Award in 2020, an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Fellowship for the year 2020-21, and has also received various awards through the English department and the UI Honors Program. Academically, she is interested in children’s literature and the intersections of social justice and literature. Her dream is to facilitate stories and promote access to diverse children’s literature for children who grow up in the global south so they have a chance to see themselves reflected on the pages of their books.

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