Alumna Linda Baker honored with 2023 International Impact Award for fostering cultural competency, global awareness
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Linda and Dale Baker stand near a boat.
Linda Baker with husband Dale

Linda R. Baker, College of Education alumna, champion of global education, philanthropist, and long-time supporter of the University of Iowa, is the recipient of the 2023 International Impact Award for her efforts to foster cultural competency and global awareness. Through her generous support, hundreds of students and faculty have studied, taught, conducted research, and traveled abroad for educational immersion experiences over the years.

In 2005, Baker established the Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Service Scholarship in honor of her mentor, Kenneth Magid, whose career was a tremendous influence on her own career and service efforts. Funds from the scholarship have helped Iowa students cover expenses related to volunteer service opportunities, including for students pursuing internships abroad. 

Her ongoing support of the UI College of Education Global Education Initiatives has provided academic opportunities that span the globe with dynamic research collaborations, study and teaching abroad experiences, and innovative partnerships. Her dedication to supporting aspiring teachers resulted in the College of Education’s teacher leader center to be named in her honor. 

"Linda's philanthropic support has allowed many students to experience the life-changing experiences of study-abroad," says UI College of Education Dean Daniel L. Clay. 

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the November 2nd WorldCanvass program and presentation of the International Impact Awards has been postponed until further notice.

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