University Park, Pa. – Johnnie Geathers, a senior from Sharon Hill, Pa., majoring in human development and family studies at University Park, and Kylee Weaver, a senior from Beaver Falls, Pa., majoring in applied psychology at Penn State Beaver, are co-recipients of the 2011 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. It is named for its benefactor, a Penn State alumnus.
In his role on the Association of Residence Hall Students Diversity Committee, Geathers has coordinated several events to enhance diversity on campus, including Tearing Down the Walls, Diversity Jeopardy and What's Race Got to Do with It. For three years, he coordinated the Race Against Racism, a 5K walk/run, and has collaborated with the AIDS Project on its annual Red Ribbon Aids Walk.
"His efforts to collaborate with staff, faculty and other students and the results of his collaborative efforts continue to impress," one nominator said.
At Penn State Beaver, Weaver established the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Club on campus. As club president, she has arranged for speakers, organized events for student participation and managed the oversight of many club-sponsored events.
"Her activism has brought about a tremendous shift in tolerance and openness throughout campus, in areas as diverse as race as well as sexual orientation," one nominator said. "Her drive to broaden the level of diversity and inclusion on the campus has been inspiring."