Multicultural Resource Center to recognize efforts of diversity champions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Multicultural Resource Center will host its 25th annual Senior Awards and Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in Robb Hall of the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

The annual diversity recognition reception is a chance to honor graduating seniors and faculty and staff who have done a remarkable job of promoting diversity and multiculturalism on campus.

Seven students and three faculty members will be recognized at the reception. Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost for Educational Equity, and Moses Davis, MRC director, will provide remarks and present the awards, along with MRC counselors. The awards presentation will begin at 2 p.m.

The full list of honorees is as follows:

Faculty/Staff Awards
Wayne Gersie, director, Multicultural Engineering Program, College of Engineering
Alexander Yin, senior planning and research associate, Office of Planning and Assessment

John Romano Faculty/Staff Award
Jennifer Parker, associate professor of sociology, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Academic Scholarship Award
Grace Lee, biochemistry and molecular biology, Eberly College of Science

Inspiring Student Leader Award
Hyeju Lee, supply chain and information systems, Smeal College of Business

Student Leadership Award
Samantha Fortier, biobehavioral health, College of Health and Human Development

Resilient Student Award
Jordan Chapman, anthropology and geosciences, College of the Liberal Arts and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Volunteer Service Award
Estella Obi-Tabot, biobehavioral health, College of Health and Human Development

Student Organization Award
Latino Caucus

Student Speaker Award
Khadija Bingham, accounting and finance, Smeal College of Business

"The Multicultural Resource Center Awards reception recognizes the outstanding contributions of senior students, staff and faculty that make Penn State a more welcoming and inclusive environment for multicultural students,” said Davis. “Individuals are nominated by members of the Penn State community and selected by a team of staff members who work in the Multicultural Resource Center."

The reception will conclude with remarks by student speaker Khadija Bingham.

“Khadija has impressive accomplishments, including co-founding Loving Our Curly, Kinky, and Straight Hair (LOCKS) and starting a website on the topic of financial literacy. You won't want to miss out as she shares about her Penn State experience," said Megan Nollman, MRC administrative support assistant.

Media Contacts: 

Megan Nollman

Administrative Assistant, Multicultural Resource Center

Last Updated April 11, 2016