2011 Diversity Achievement Award Winner: Joan Ullin
Coordinator, Academic Support, Student Outreach Services
Joan Ullin, Academic Support Coordinator in Student Outreach Services, has dedicated her career at Western to serving students from underrepresented groups. A highly influential member of Western’s Teaching-Learning Academy, Joan works tirelessly to ensure that the voices of all individuals are heard.
Joan is committed to promoting a deeper understanding of differences through her role in student advising, which has earned her a sterling reputation. She has a humanistic approach in dealing with all students and works hard to ensure that students of color as well as others who are deemed “at risk” have an equal opportunity to be successful.
For the past three years, through the ANLSAM (All Nations Louis Stokes Advancement of Minorities) Program, Joan has worked with the College of Science and Technology (CST) to bring Native American and Hispanic students into STEM disciplines. Joan was instrumental in establishing the ANLSM Program at Western , and has also provided leadership for the development of a local chapter of SACNAS. Recently, Joan was recognized with Western’s 2011 Women of Color Empowerment Award.
Joan’s work with diverse communities extends beyond Western. She was a founding member of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, and is past president of the Northwest Hawaiian Ohana Group, which raises scholarship funds for students pursuing higher education. She is currently president of the Board of the Bellingham YWCA.
Joan represents the best of Western’s commitment to diversity. For her work both at Western and in the greater community, she is truly deserving of the 2011 Diversity Achievement Award.