Liberal Studies congratulates Vik Keenan, Assistant Director of Advising and Operations, for receiving the 2020–2021 Give-A-Violet Award!
The Give-A-Violet Award annually recognizes and celebrates administrators and staff who have gone above and beyond the normal scope of their positions and demonstrate specific values at an exceptional level, including: integrity, respect, customer focus, teamwork, adaptability, and commitment to diversity. Vik was awarded along with 12 other recipients.
Dean Julie Mostov shares, “Vik’s enormous contributions to our transition to an online workplace at the start of the pandemic and stellar data management throughout the past 18 months, in addition to her enthusiastic student advising (particularly with pre-health candidates) and work with student clubs make her an obvious choice for the Give-a-Violet Award. We could not have navigated the challenges of COVID-19 without her.”
As Assistant Director of Advising and Operations, Vik emerged as a true hero through her unfailing operational support and technical assistance as she managed the entire transition to remote work for the Liberal Studies Academic Advising, Student Affairs, and Global Programs teams, serving more than 2,500 students. She also supported the Dean’s Office and faculty. Throughout, she has consistently come up with innovative solutions to support our growing technology needs under emergency conditions.
Vik is a critical member of the team who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to students through her steadfast support of her 270+ advisees, many contributions to co-curricular programming, and her significant support of student clubs, in addition to a longstanding commitment to public debate, intercollegiate debate teams, and the NYU Global Debate Program.
Thanks to her forward thinking, even before the pandemic, Vik had ensured that her team was prepared for remote work by creating a plan for the use of Zoom media and transcription tools to meet compliance and best practices for accessibility, including coordination with the Moses Center, NYU IT, NYU Zoom team, and evaluation of captioning vendors and services.
She also has a background in educational theater, teaching and learning, and is currently a lecturer at Eugene Lang College at The New School teaching their Seminar on Debate and Politics. This continues a long and meaningful history of advocating for systemic justice in intercollegiate competitive debate events, including the equity and safety of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students in public speaking activities.