Hayes to receive Robinson Equal Opportunity Award

University Park, Pa. -- Patricia G. Hayes, assistant to the director, Information and Diversity Programs, at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), has been selected to receive the 2011 Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award.

The award, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, was established in 1988 and renamed in 1998 to honor the late James Robinson, a distinguished alumnus and former member of the Alumni Council. It recognizes a full-time faculty or staff member, with at least two years of active service, who has promoted equal opportunity through affirmative action and/or contributes to enhancing the educational environment of the University through improving cross-cultural understanding.

Recognized as one of the key leaders and shapers of the University's diversity climate, Hayes is a past chair of the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (2003-2004). A former two-term member of the Penn State Alumni Council, she also is an active member of the President's Advisory Group on University-wide issues of diversity, the Forum on Black Affairs, the Administrative Council on Multicultural Affairs, and the Community Diversity Group.

In 1998, she established ARL's Open Door Program, in which underrepresented students are encouraged to spend a summer in research positions and receive assistance in applying to University graduate programs. In the same year, she established the ARL Summer Faculty Research Program, in which faculty from minority institutions participate in collaborative research projects at Penn State. Through her initiatives, ARL also has formed partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions.

In citing her "long-term commitment to diversity work and being part of the change process," one nominator said, "Pat tends not to be the person in the group who stands at the podium and gives the speech. She is always the person who makes everything and everybody work in harmony."

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Last Updated March 16, 2011