Pharmacy student William Kibalama received the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership award for graduate students. Nominated by Creighton’s Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs office (HS-MACA), Kibalama was selected for demonstrating King’s legacy in social justice and civil rights advocacy.
Kibalama grew up in Uganda and moved to the United States after he graduated from high school. Today he is a third-year pharmacy student and president of Creighton’s Multicultural Health Sciences and Student Association (MHSSA).
Through MHSSA, Kibalama has worked with diverse populations and underserved segments of the Omaha community. He has mentored and tutored students at Benson High School, provided immunizations at a refugee health fair and organized a prom for senior citizens.
As president of MHSSA, Kibalama leads more than 50 Creighton graduate students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Additionally, Kibalama chairs the HIV/AIDS Committee and is a member of Rho Chi, the pharmacy academic society.
Through his various roles as a leader and student, Kibalama puts Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of social justice, peace and racial and cultural harmony into practice.