In The News

A collection of news stories highlighting Godfrey Riddle’s accomplishments.

December 2017 – Rightfully Sewn’s inaugural Fashion Biennale: THE GOLDEN GALA celebrated the close of its first two-year designer residency and the completion of its first Seamstress Training Program. Godfrey was featured in The Independent alongside Rightfully Sewn Founder & President Jennifer Lapka, Event Co-Chairs Chadwick Alexander and Kimberlee Ried, and Honorary Co-Chairs the Bloch Family. The event raised more than $100,000 to support Rightfully Sewn’s mission and program. Read the article.

October 2017 – Godfrey was featured as on of INK Magazine’s 2017 “30 Under 30” winners, which highlights young leaders in Kansas City who are making a positive impact on the region through their chosen profession, community involvement, and leadership. Read the article.

November 2016 – Godfrey shares the value and impact of investing in educational scholarships in a video highlighting the University of Kansas’ Master of Public Administration program. Watch the full video.

April 2016 Godfrey wrote an article highlighting cultural destinations in the Kansas City region for the perfect one-day adventure. The piece was featured on page 17 of the Vital VOICE magazine. Read the article. 

February 2016 – Godfrey shared his views on the importance of LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods and their significance to the LGBTQ movement in America on page 15 of Vital VOICE magazine. Read the article.

September 5, 2015 – Godfrey was featured in the Design issue of Vital VOICE magazine. He spoke about the role and programs of ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council as well as opportunities to get involved with the arts in Kansas City and ArtsKC during winter 2015. Read the article.

November 14, 2014 – An update on the Let’s Grow community garden initiative I helped create and for which I secured a $100,000 grant from Cities of Service to implement. Two years after its founding, the program continues to flourish and has provided thousands of pounds of food to hundreds of residents and families at city-owned public housing sites. Read the article.

October 28, 2013 – Godfrey and his classmates share their perspectives with 6News Lawrence as to why the University of Kansas’ Master of Public Administration program has such a longstanding history as the number one program in the nation. They believe this fact is largely attributable to the program’s strong alumni network, including U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Read the article.

May 9, 2013Park University and Coro Kansas City have announced the 2013 class of the Coro Kansas City Internship in Public Affairs, a partnership with the University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Godfrey was one of 12 interns selected.
Coro Kansas City is designed to develop future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations. It is a demanding and full-time internship, and requires an interest in public affairs. Each intern is assigned an individual internship in each of the five sectors of business, government, labor, media and non-profit organizations. Participants are immersed in these sectors, allowing them to learn experientially and establish significant professional contacts. Read the official press release.

May 3, 2013An update on the Cool Roofs initiative helped create and for which I secured a $100,000 grant from Cities of Service to implement. Since its inception in May 2013, the program has mobilized volunteers to paint 52,000 square miles of city-owned rooftops toward the program’s goal of painting 70,000 square miles rooftop. The initiative will help the City reduce carbon emissions by 5 percent by reducing energy use at city facilities. Read the article.

May 1, 2013Because of his focus on building collaborative relationships to create sustainable, community-based solutions, Godfrey has been chosen as the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility’s student spotlight for May 2013 at the University of Kansas. Read the article.

April 26, 2013 – Godfrey recently appeared on local broadcast news channel WDAF Fox 4 News as a representative of People to People International (PTPI). The segment highlighted PTPI’s involvement as a global partner of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), a campaign of Youth Service America (YSA). PTPI staff members completed a service project at Operation Breakthrough, a social services education center in Kansas City, where they prepared the outdoor classroom by doing general garden maintenance.

Founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, People to People International promotes Peace through Understanding through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

May 12, 2011 – Godfrey was acknowledged as one of 12 Outstanding Graduates in 2011 for his involvement in student leadership, academic accomplishments, and community contributions. Read the article.

April 18, 2011 – Godfrey, in conjunction with his fraternity brothers, speaks about the impact KU’s first fraternity for gay, bi-sexual, and progressive men has made on the LGBTQ and Greek life communities at the university. Read the article.

August 14, 2010 – Godfrey discusses his time in St. Petersburg, Russia at St. Petersburg State University’s intensive cultural and language immersion program. Godfrey gained cross-cultural experience and examined the city’s cultural and architectural history. Godfrey’s experience was supported by a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. Read the article.

April 5, 2010 – Godfrey won election to become one of two student senators to represent the School of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning in the University of Kansas’ Student Senate. Read the article.

April 16, 2009 – Godfrey was selected to be a Peer Adviser (PA) at the University of Kansas. PAs assist at summer orientation by guiding incoming students through the enrollment process. PAs possess a strong knowledge of KU’s academic areas, demonstrated leadership, and communication skills. Read the article.