Rachel Solomon honored with 2020 Mary Mildred Sullivan Award


Wesleyan College Class of 2020 graduate Rachel Solomon was honored with the 9th Annual Mary Mildred Sullivan Award during commencement exercises in August. The Sullivan Award is presented to the graduating student who best exemplifies excellence in character, leadership, service to the community, and commitment to spiritual values.


Rachel was a community service leader in high school, so the moment she arrived on Wesleyan’s campus, she was drawn to The Lane Center for Service and Leadership. “I liked that The Lane Center was committed to many different types of projects so all servant leaders could work in areas that piqued their interests.” Her first community project at Wesleyan was organizing the Aunt Maggie’s Kitchen Table Christmas party, held for the children of Anthony Homes. In addition to her service work of more than 400 hours, Rachel was involved with Black Student Alliance and the math club, and served as a Junior Marshal, a Writing Center tutor, vice president of Disabilities Advocacy Club, and vice president of Alpha Lamba Delta. A Louise Frederick Hays Scholarship recipient who majored in advertising and marketing communication, magna cum laude, Rachel is the granddaughter of Dyleane Tolbert Taylor ’72, one of Wesleyan’s “First Five,” the first African American students to graduate from Wesleyan.


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