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 2015 Diversity Achievement Award was Friday, May 15, 2015.
2015 winner: Marie Eaton
Professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Marie has been at Western since 1975, and has served in both administrative and faculty roles, to include Dean of Fairhaven College, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of the School of Education, and Professor, Woodring College and Fairhaven College. In these roles, Marie has dedicated herself to promoting inclusion and equity.
As an administrator Marie supported policies and initiatives to advance the success of underrepresented students and programs. She has been a significant contributor on the President’s Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, contributing to the development of the Taskforce’s strategic plan. Marie was instrumental in forging a vision for the Education for Social Justice minor that is currently offered jointly between the Woodring College of Education and the Fairhaven College for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Marie has supported many students coming from socioeconomically challenged positions, and is an outstanding role model of someone who advocates for social justice. Her scholarly work promotes a deeper understanding of how educational practices can disadvantage people who are outside of the main stream, and includes attention to how issues of diversity play out with respect to power and privilege.
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 Friday, May 8, 2015 addressing one or more of the above listed criteria to the Equal Opportunity Office, Old Main 345 or MS-9021.
Past Award Recipients
Marie Eaton, Professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Korry Harvey, Senior Instructor and Assistant Director of Forensics, Department of Communication Studies
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