Gutierrez to receive 2016 Robinson Equal Opportunity Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Borja Gutierrez, faculty lecturer in Spanish and the administrative supervisor of Spanish 2 and 3 in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive the 2016 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.

Gutierrez was honored for his “extraordinary work on behalf of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community at Penn State.”

Despite a demanding role as lecturer and supervisor, Gutierrez dedicated countless hours volunteering for the Commission on LGBT Equity. There, he’s the co-chair elect after spending a year heading the Curricular Integration Committee.

Gutierrez, who was instrumental in creating a minor in LGBT issues, coordinated an assessment of course offerings as well as advocated for new courses related to sexuality and gender identity within his own department.

“Borja is a great example of someone who has the capacity to bring communities together and work to improve diversity efforts on campus,” said a nominator.

Last Updated April 25, 2016