2012 Diversity Achievement Award Winner: Willy Hart
Director, University Residences
For many years prior to his retirement at the end of 2012, Willy led the effort in University Residences to create a department-wide culture that appreciates the tremendous diversity within the department and the University. Willy’s colleagues describe his work as “infusing knowledge and understanding about social justice, and actively leading the department to celebrate, honor and respect all voices and perspectives.”
Photo: Dan Levine
Willy has made diversity competencies a priority for University Residences, providing multicultural awareness and social justice training for the entire department and including a diversity component in annual employee performance evaluations. He created two multicultural recruitment counselor positions to enrich employees’ sensitivity to diversity issues and assist search committees in identifying and obtaining diverse applicant pools for job openings in University Residences.
Willy also created a mechanism to track at-risk students in on-campus housing, working with campus partners to ensure a complete assessment of students’ needs and collaborate in supporting these students. And by providing departmental financial support for the Women of Color Empowerment Dinner, the Ethnic Student Center Retreat, and annual heritage dinners, Willy helps to make these important events accessible to all students.
Congratulations, Willy for being recognized with the Diversity Achievement Award, and thank you for your years of inclusive leadership at Western.