Each year Kennesaw State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion present awards to KSU faculty, staff, and students for their “contributions toward creating more inclusive and welcoming campus environments.” The sixth annual Presidential Diversity Awards were given during a ceremony on Wednesday.
According to a news release from KSU, “During the ceremony, speakers reflected on the values and the actions represented by the award winners, who have worked on campus in the areas of women’s empowerment and gender equality; environmental sustainability; racial awareness and knowledge; and support and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities and veterans.”
Ken Harmon, interim president of KSU was quoted in the news release: “There are certain foundations and fundamentals that bring us together as a community, ideas like freedom of speech and a respect for differences. Kennesaw State remains a place that fosters all perspectives, across backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and abilities. We may differ and disagree, but my experience has shown that the more diverse the decision-making groups are, the better the decisions.”
Here is a list of the winners by category, along with videos from KSU:
Outstanding Contribution Award
Roneisha Worthy, assistant professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Roneisha Worthy – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.
Teresa M. Joyce Award for Excellence
Charles Dickens, community affairs officer, KSU Police Department
CJ Dickens – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.
C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award
Edwin Akins, associate professor of architecture, Department of Architecture
Pao Scudder, groundskeeper, Marietta Campus, Facilities Services
Edwin Akins – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.
Mattox Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership
Mike Redd, assistant registrar and part-time instructor of sport management
Mike Redd – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.
O.H. Social Justice Award
Griselda Thomas, associate professor of English and interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of African and African Diaspora Studies
Griselda Thomas – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.
Savannah Bronson, senior, human services major
Savannah Bronson – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.
Carol J. Pope Award
Joya Carter-Hicks, associate professor in special education and coordinator of the Universal Design for Learning Laboratory
Dr. Joya Hicks – Diversity Awards from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.