On June 16, Lisa Dunkley was named by the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) as the winner of the prestigious 2017 Paul Kevin Burberry Award.
Lisa recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities program at the Human Development Institute (HDI) and is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. She currently has a Research Assistantship at HDI and has demonstrated a strong commitment to people with disabilities through an innovative HDI leadership project called Project Teach One Reach All (TORA), with the aim to promote disability awareness and inclusion of students living in residence halls on the UK campus.
The Paul Kevin Burberry Award is named in memory of the Berea native who pioneered a trail in the public school system as the first student with significant physical disabilities, due to cerebral palsy, to complete Berea Community High School. Kevin Burberry graduated with highest honors and went on to attend Berea College and the University of Kentucky, where he majored in Philosophy. He was an exemplary student and self-advocate, and worked on an HDI project that created training modules in developmental disabilities for medical school students and other allied health student professionals that are still used today. Kevin’s life was cut short prior to his anticipated graduation, and he was awarded his UK degree posthumously, with highest honors, in May 2004.
The Paul Kevin Burberry Award — the highest student honor awarded annually by HDI — is given to a student involved with HDI who has exemplified in his or her life the leadership, advocacy and commitment to persons with disabilities and their families that Burberry demonstrated in his own life.