Liu, LaMaster recognized with Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jinghua Liu, a junior finance and accounting major at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and Jeremy LaMaster, a senior majoring in women’s studies in the College of the Liberal Arts and biology in the Eberly College of Science, are co-recipients of the 2012 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award.

The award recognizes a junior, senior or graduate student for outstanding efforts to enhance the understanding of diverse cultures and create a community where all individuals are accepted and valued equally. The award is name for its benefactor, a Penn State alumnus.

Liu serves as president of the Asian Student Organization (ASO). She has reformed the organization by recruiting new members, reconstructing the executive board and organizing meetings and social events. Liu also was responsible for creating a project for Penn State Behrend’s Office of Educational Equity and Diversity Programs (OEEDP). Her Photo-Question Project engages Chinese and American college students to share questions and answers using photographs. The Q&A sessions include issues about each other’s countries, politics, college life, music and other topics.

“She has taken the initiative to help improve understanding, awareness and ultimately relations between Chinese students and American students,” a nominator said.

LaMaster has been a leader in the re-establishment of Penn State's Alpha Rho chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity, a national fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men. As the chapter's philanthropy chair and pledge educator, he has been responsible for laying the foundation for service requirement and protocol. He also is president and editor-in-chief of FLY Magazine, a Penn State publication dedicated to empowering women. He is the service chair for Penn State's Rainbow Roundtable and is a community outreach intern at the University's LGBTA Student Resource Center.

“Jeremy has shown tremendous commitment to enhancing other students’ experiences while attending Penn State,” one nominator said. “He has taken advantage of leadership opportunities that have been presented to him.”

Last Updated March 13, 2012