Diversity Achievement Award

2013 recipient: Steven Sulkin

Former Director, Shannon Point Marine Center

Steve has been at Western since 1985 and was the director of the Shannon Point Marine Center for 28 years before his retirement this past summer. Sulkin developed the Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program, which introduces Native American, Alaskan Native, African American, Latino/Hispanic and Pacific Islander students to the possibility of pursuing careers in the marine sciences. He earned his master’s and doctorate in Marine Biology from Duke University in 1971. Sulkin has been on the editorial board of the scientific journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science since 1990.


2012 recipient: Willy Hart

Director, University Residences

Willy Hart said that he received this honor because of the good work of many people in University Residences and the support of colleagues across the campus. He has helped to grow the diversity of University Residences staff and supported Ethnic Student Center heritage dinners from funds available through the University Dining Contract.

Growing up, Willy lived in seven states and three countries because his family was in the military. After earning a bachelor’s degree in History and English at Webster College and a master’s degree in Human Services at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, he worked in housing, campus planning, and human resources at the University of Oregon. He came to Western in 1991, taking the job of associate director of University Residences for facilities for 13 years.  Willy became director eight years ago and will retire at the end of the year.


2011 recipient: Joan Ullin

Coordinator, Academic Support, Student Outreach Services











2010 recipient: Kathy Kitto

Professor, College of Sciences & Technology

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