Sullivan Leadership Award

Joyce Keeley

About Joyce Keeley

A graduate of Heritage High School in Littleton, CO, Joyce was captain of the cross-country team and served as president of the National Honor Society. She chaired the Community Relations Committee, which raised more than $56,000 to build a school in Sierra Leone. She was an ESL tutor at a local elementary school as a member of the Spanish Honor Society, worked with children and adults with disabilities as a summer camp counselor, and partnered with disabled students in playing Special Olympics basketball. She received Colorado’s Dottie Lamm award for altruistic values, leadership, and academic achievement.

College Activities 

During her freshman year, Joyce joined University Honors, a two-year academic program where the same cohort of students chronologically focuses on literature, history, and philosophy. After her freshman year, she spent the summer in Guatemala studying Spanish and teaching English and Sexual Health Education at some local public schools.

In her sophomore year, Joyce became very involved with the Center for Service and Seattle University Youth Initiative. She co-facilitated a liberal studies course and led a group of her peers on a deeper examination of the Youth Initiative, local neighborhood, and issues of educational inequity through reflection, service immersions, and advocacy. She also tutored students both inside and outside of SU, including teaching civics and English as a Second Language to an Ethiopian woman seeking her citizenship. Additionally, Joyce was a member of Kolvenbach during 2011, an international living community built around the themes of community service, simple living, solidarity, spirituality, and community.

Joyce then spent the 2011-2012 year in Tanzania studying Swahili on the Boren scholarship. She lived with a host family and studied at the state university on the island of Zanzibar for 3 months, then spent about 2 months traveling and working at various farms in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda, and then taught English and studied Sustainable Development in a small village in northwestern Tanzania for 3 months.

Upon returning to the United States, Joyce interned at a refugee resettlement and looks forward to continue working with the refugee community in Seattle.

    • University Honors Program (2009-2011)
    • Vagina Monologues (2010)
    • Student Leaders for the Common Good (2010-2011)
    • Oxfam co-president (2010-2011)
    • Kolvenbach community member (2011)
    • ESL tutor at Seattle Central Community College (2011)
    • Citizenship and ESL teacher at East African Community Services (2011)
    • Learning Assistance Program Spanish tutor
    • Case Management Intern at African Community Center refugee resettlement agency (2012)
    • Shinnyo Fellow for Community Leadership (2012-2013)
    • International Student Orientation Leader (2012)  

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Joyce Keeley


Littleton, CO

High School:
Heritage High School

International Studies