Diversity Achievement Award
Each year at Fall Convocation, President Shepard presents the Diversity Achievement Award to recognize an individual (faculty, staff or student) or office whose distinguished efforts have enhanced diversity and multicultural understanding at Western. The deadline to nominate for the 2014 Diversity Achievement Award was Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
2014 winner: Korry Harvey
Senior Instructor and Assistant Director of Forensics, Department of Communication Studies
Korry has been at Western since 2001 and is a Senior Instructor in the Communication Studies Department, as well as Assistant Director of Forensics. Korry was instrumental in developing, and also consistently teaches the COMM225 course “Communication, Diversity and Controversy,” a course created to help students develop the intellectual and practical skills to engage thoughtfully on the issues they may encounter relating to diversity. Korry has made tremendous contributions as the Assistant Director of Forensics at Western by creating a positive debate team climate and emphasizing how critical it is to engage each other and the broader world with a myriad of perspectives. Korry’s instrumental role in introducing inclusivity and viewpoints of the traditionally underrepresented and sometimes ignored, has strengthened the debate team and contributed to their competitive success.
He earned his bachelor’s in History from Weber State University in 1998. Harvey has served the Northwest Forensic Conference as a leader on the Ethics and Equity Committee, in addition to serving locally as Board Member and Chair on the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force.
Nomination Criteria and Guidelines
- Integrates diversity concepts and values into academic curriculum, management and/or operational functions.
- Develops methods for increasing and valuing diversity among students, faculty, and/or staff.
- Maximizes opportunities to achieve diversity.
- Contributes to promoting an understanding and appreciation of differences by contributing to the body of research on diversity or through other endeavors.
- Provide a nomination letter (not to exceed 3 pages) by Wednesday, May 21, 2014 addressing one or more of the above listed criteria to the Equal Opportunity Office, Old Main 345 or MS-9021.
Past Award Recipients
Steve Sulkin, Director, Shannon Point Marine Center
Willy Hart, Director, University Residences
Joan Ullin, Coordinator, Academic Support, Student Outreach Services
Kathy Kitto, Professor, College of Sciences & Technology
Lorraine Kasprisin, Professor, Secondary Education
Admissions Office, Karen Copetas, Director
Tom Nerini, Director, Student Outreach Services
Dr. Robert Hyung-chan Kim, Professor Emeritus
Jesse Moore, AS VP for Diversity
Lynn Robbins, Department of Environmental Studies
Gigi Berardi, Department of Environmental Studies
Brian Bingham, Shannon Point Marine Center
Ted Pratt, Director of Student Life/Dean of Students
Karen Hoelscher, Elementary Education
Joseph Garcia, Management
Roland L. De Lorme, Provost (retired)
Larry Estrada, Fairhaven/American Cultural Studies
Vernon Johnson, Political Science
Law and Diversity Program, Fairhaven College
The Ethnic Student Center Student Organizations
Ray McInnis, Wilson Librarians for the Development of Ethnic Minority Research Guides, Wilson Library Diversity Section, and Diversity Resource Collections
Woodring College of Education, the Center for Educational Pluralism
The Department of English/Curricular Transformation Project
Saundra Taylor, Vice President for Student Affairs