Christina Espinosa, who earned a master’s degree from the College of Education Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, received the 2008 Paul Kevin Burberry Award from the Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky. The award is in honor of Burberry, a former UK student who was a pioneer in the field of disabilities and a consultant of HDI.
The selection committee, which included Burberry’s parents, the Reverend Clyde David and Susan Burberry, selected Espinosa for her outstanding achievements, advocacy and commitment to the field of disabilities.
“Kevin was such a shining star and source of inspiration for all people,” said Harold Kleinert, HDI executive director. “We are excited to be able to offer this award as a tribute to Kevin’s accomplishments not only in the classroom, but also in life.”
Espinosa completed her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in December 2007, and she participated in HDI’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities program. In addition, she worked with UK Agrability and Kentucky’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in conducting rehabilitation technology assessments for individuals statewide and helped to develop the online assistive technology training modules for physical medicine residents both at UK and University of Louisville.
Espinosa is working on the development of an online version of HDI’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities program, and she is assessing consumer satisfaction and outcomes of services for people with disabilities throughout the state through HDI’s Core Indicators project.
“We are so fortunate to benefit from Christina’s hard work and passion for the field of disabilities,” Kleinert said. “It is wonderful that HDI has student trainees with so much dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities.”
The Paul Kevin Burberry Award is given annually to a student who:
– is associated with HDI via its Graduate Certificate, via its Research Assistantship, as a practicum student, or through other significant Institute involvement;
– has demonstrated a strong commitment to people with disabilities through university and community projects and experiences;
– has demonstrated the leadership qualities exemplified by Kevin’s own life; and
– has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence in his or her chosen field of endeavor as indicated by course achievements, presentations or publications.
For more information about the award or to learn more about HDI, visit www.hdi.uky.edu