Awarded by the Hendrix College Board of Trustees, the Odyssey Medal is given to Hendrix alumni whose personal and professional achievements exemplify the values of engaged liberal arts and sciences education. (McBride, who was awarded the medal in 2013-2014, could not attend last year’s ceremony because she was co-sponsoring a conference on international volunteer service.)
At Washington University in St. Louis, McBride is the Center for Social Development’s faculty director for Civic Engagement and Service. She is the Bettie Bofinger Brown Associate Professor, associate dean for social work and director of the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College in 1993, she pursued her graduate studies at Washington University, earning her MSW and Ph.D and working for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and Missouri State Department of Social Services in between her two degrees.