President Wim Wiewel honored 17 students, faculty and others May 20 for their leadership in promoting diversity at Portland State University.
Wiewel noted that a diverse campus is integral to shaping the identity of an urban research university. Progress can be seen in student and faculty recruitment. More than 40 percent of PSU’s freshmen class are students of color, and 26 percent of faculty and staff are people of color. He added that more than 400 students have received president’s equal access scholarships since he created the program.
Roberta Hunte, assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies, was the event’s keynote speaker at the Native American Student and Community Center.
“I’m excited for us, I’m happy for us, I’m nervous for us,” she said, adding that PSU still needs to work on issues such as empowering students and hiring more women- and minority-owned businesses for construction and other contracts across campus.
2015 award winners are:
- Faculty: Samuel Henry, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education; Kerth O’Brien, associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Staff: Marie Lewandowski, senior instructional designer in the Office of Academic Innovation.
- Undergraduate student: Vincent Johnson, social science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Graduate student: Neil Panchmatia, sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and clinical rehabilitation counseling in the Graduate School of Education
- Alumna award: Lisha Shrestha, conflict resolution in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Donor Award: Gary and Barbara Ames for the Ames Scholarship Fund, Impact Entrepreneurs Program and M.G. Hawkey Scholarship Fund
- Global Diversity Award (posthumous): Charlotte Goodluck, professor and director of the Bachelor of Social Work program in the School of Social Work
- Status of Women Scholarship: Sara Hottman, Elizabeth Champion, Mayra Vasquez Garcia
- Annie Spencer Scholarship and David and Linda Smeltzer Scholarship: Marybai Huking, Abdi Mohemed
- Commission on Sexual and Gender Equity Awards: Keven Holden, Audrey Lingley and Olivia Murray in the Office of the Registrar
President Wiewel's open office hours at the
Simon Benson House
Friday, 5/29 from 2 - 3pm.