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Center for the Study of Aging Helps Bring Presidential Medal Recipient to Campus

Patience Lehrman with President Obama receiving Presidential Medal

Patience Lehrman, recipient of a 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, will speak at Boise State University at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom. The Presidential Citizens Medal is the second-highest civilian award in the United States and recognizes individuals who have “performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.”

Lehrman is the national director of Project SHINE, an immigrant integration initiative headquartered at the Intergenerational Center at Temple University. Over the past decade, she has developed and led a wide range of initiatives with local and national organizations serving youth, low-income adults, immigrants and refugees.

Lehrman will share her experience as a first-generation immigrant from Cameroon, West Africa. She also will speak about her journey from Washington State to the White House and will underscore the value of integration in strengthening and transforming our communities.

The talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Boise State Project SHINE, the Department of English, the Service-Learning Program, the Center for the Study on Aging and the Idaho Office for Refugees.

If you have questions about the talk or about Boise State Project SHINE, contact Casey Keck, assistant professor of English, at or (208) 426-4268.