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"A significant challenge for the University of Kentucky is to better actualize its strategic goal to nurture diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity in ways that really make a difference. These awards provide a basis for recognizing and rewarding those who are providing appropriate models for meeting this challenge."
-- Deneese Jones,
President's Commission on Diversity,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2005) -- University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. today presented the third annual President’s Awards for Diversity in honor and appreciation of those who have demonstrated outstanding efforts toward advancing UK’s mission of embracing diversity while maintaining academic excellence.
The awards were presented to five people and two units within the university during a ceremony at the UK Student Center. Todd and Deneese Jones, chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity, presented awards to the following winners in their individual categories:
- The Lexington Area Small Business Development Center, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, was honored for its outstanding service to minorities, including providing consultation or training to more than 500 individuals of a minority ethnicity last year and working with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist disabled individuals with grant application preparation.
- University Extension, providing community education, was honored for its work promoting diversity for the last 75 years including enrollment of African-American students as early as 1931 nearly two decades before the rest of the university, providing national training for the Head Start Program and providing the university home for the Central Kentucky Japanese School since 1986.
- Lynda Brown Wright, chair, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, College of Education. She was honored for her efforts to educate, inform and challenge her colleagues and students on issues of diversity, and for her research into a link between psychological factors and school outcomes among middle class African-American parents and their children.
- Mae Marie Quan, associate program administrator, Area Health Education Centers. Quan was honored for her work with cross-cultural communications and sensitivity training in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Nursing.
- Miguel Carlin, undergraduate in Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, College of Agriculture. He was honored for his advocacy for Hispanic students and students with disabilities at UK.
- Geethani Delgoda, undergraduate, Computer Science, College of Engineering. The president of the International Student Council was honored for her efforts to educate her peers about the diverse backgrounds and cultures of students at UK.
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- Rev. Robert T. Brown, Lexington, was honored for his diligent work as an advocate for equity in education and closing the achievement gap, which included efforts that resulted in, among other things, creation of the “One Community, One Voice” committee in Fayette County.
"I am glad we are gathered today to honor those who champion diversity,” said Todd. "If we are going to become a top-20 public university, we need to embrace every corner of our campus community. It is important to recognize the people who make this campus - and the Commonwealth - a better place to live, work and learn."
"A significant challenge for the University of Kentucky is to better actualize its strategic goal to nurture diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity in ways that really make a difference,” said Jones. “These awards provide a basis for recognizing and rewarding those who are providing appropriate models for meeting this challenge."
In addition to their display awards, winners also received $500.