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ODU Presents First 'Champions of Diversity' Awards

Old Dominion's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity has created a new award program, "Champions of Diversity," designed to recognize individuals who have encouraged and advanced the principles of equity and diversity.

The new program is in keeping with ODU's recognition of the inherent value of equity and diversity in the classroom, workplace and community. Each month, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will invite members of the university community to nominate people for this honor from the following categories: faculty, administrators, staff, students and Hampton Roads residents.

The selection committee is composed of representatives from across the university. Honored recipients will receive a commemorative plate and certificate, and all recipients will be honored during a ceremony at the end of the year. The Champion of Diversity who most promotes the concepts of equity and diversity will be named at this event and presented with the President's Award for Diversity.

The first Diversity Champions were announced on Nov. 18:

•   Faculty Champion - Mona Danner: "She is recognized as a strong advocate for equal rights and an educator that clearly communicates the significance of diversity. She has been described as '[T]he first person to expose unfettered privilege and to root out all forms of marginalization.' "

•   Administrator Champion - Bonita Anthony: "The ODU Engineering Fundamentals Division assistant director and student advisor is a longtime equity and diversity advocate. The impact of her activism is in the classroom, workplace and Hampton Roads community. Her devotion to the concepts and ideals of equity and diversity is practiced daily in her individual advising sessions with students, and in her role as advisor to the Society of Women Engineers."

•   Staff Champion - Jackie Barrow: "A member of the ODU staff serving as the community relations coordinator for athletics, she engages student-athletes, coaches and staff with the Hampton Roads community through volunteer service."

•   Student Champion - Connor Norton: "A freshman student leader, he is recognized for his efforts in promoting an accepting and diverse environment for the LGBT community. As an ODU student, he exemplifies the spirit of the Diversity Champions awards."

•   Champion Serving Hampton Roads - Guang-Lea Lee: "She is recognized for her work as the president of the Tidewater Korean-American Association. In this role, Dr. Lee has opened Korean cultural events to all ethnicities and cultures. She is also recognized for her role as president of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Organization in Hampton Roads. She has been critical in the organization of Asianfest and has led Korean participants in the international festival in 2010 and 2011. Activities such as these celebrate the diversity of culture in the community and are held in an effort to bring those of diverse cultures together to share their heritage and culture with the community."

For more information about the Diversity Champions program, call the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 683-3141.

This article was posted on: November 17, 2011

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