President Wim Wiewel honored students, faculty and others on May 14 for their contributions and leadership in promoting diversity at Portland State.
“The challenges that we have as a campus and community about difficulty conversations about race and other differences are important for us to have,” Wiewel told an overflow crowd at the Native American Student and Community Center who gathered for the 10th annual President’s Diversity Awards.
Alma Trinidad, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, gave the keynote address urging the university community to welcome and support the growing number of people from different cultures who call PSU home. Trinidad, who grew up on the Hawaiian island of Molokai and was the first in her Filipino family to attend college, noted that “aloha” is love in Hawaiian and called on the campus to work together “to paddle this canoe of aloha and social change.”
Award winners include:
- Faculty: Grace Dillon, associate professor of Indigenous Nations Studies, and Sridevi Nair, assistant professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Staff: Kirsten Keith, assistant coordinator of the Queer Resource Center
- Undergraduate student: Goutam Saha, School of Theatre & Film
- Graduate student: Shannon Sprague, Graduate School of Education
- Team award: Population Research Center (Sheila Martin, Jason Jurjevich, Kevin Rancik, Charles Rynerson, Janai Kessi) and Mark Harmon Leymon from Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Alumna award: Mindy Johnston, adjunct instructor in School of Music
- Donor Award: Evelyn Crowell, Albert Crowell Jr. for funding College of the Arts scholarships
- Commission on Status of Women Scholarship recipients: Eleanor Degeneffe, Kesheena Doctor, Claire Feetham, Michelle Leanne Johns, Samia Saadat Maurice, Margarita Hernandez Trujillo
- Global Diversity Award: Bee Jai Repp, posthumously