2006.04.06 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Announces 2006 CCMA Diversity Awards Recipients
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs (CCMA) announces the 2006 winners of its Diversity Awards. The recipients were honored at a reception held in their honor Wednesday, April 12, at the Milo Bail Student Center.
UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was in attendance to congratulate this year's winners. "Excellence in the classroom, community outreach and leadership skills are among the traits each of this year's CCMA Diversity Awards recipients possess," Belck said. "These awards provide an innovative way to recognize and encourage continued diversity efforts by UNO faculty, staff and students."
The awards recognize current UNO faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on the university campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives or other activities that advance the institution's goal of inclusion.
The 2006 award winners are as follows:
• UNO College of Education Faculty is the faculty recipient.
"The College of Education has a long and impressive history focused in the area of diversity," one nominator wrote. "Diversity is one of the six foundational themes of the college." The UNO College of Education ensures that all individuals have access to the resources, support and opportunities to succeed in their professional careers.
Through its faculty strategic plan, and curricular offerings, the college is also committed to preparing graduates to act in an equitable manner toward all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural beliefs, socioeconomic status, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or disabling condition. Since 1990, renewed attention and efforts have focused on attracting more diverse faculty and recruiting more diverse students into teaching and other related professions.
In addition, the college has expanded its involvement in the community through initiatives aimed at serving and supporting diverse students in their academic preparation. Currently, the college is involved in hosting "Courageous Conversations," which focuses on race and ethnicity.
• Judith Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey, recruiter and advisor for the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), is the staff recipient.
Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey recruits, advises, teaches and reaches out to the community. "The favorable publicity the college has received is in direct response to Judy's selfless hard work in bringing our students and community together," one nominator wrote. "She works hard to participate and create multicultural recruiting opportunities, and always conveys a deep-seated respect for people."
Some of the multicultural recruiting activities in which Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey has played a major role include "Women in Information Science & Technology and Engineering Day," "Latino Day for the College of IS&T and Engineering," "Women in IS&T and Engineering Weekend," "Diversity in Information Science & Technology Week," "Adventures in Cyberspace" - with emphasis on recruiting young minority participants. She also has served at the "Cinco de Mayo" celebration and "Festival of Opportunities" job fair, sponsored by KBBX 97.7 FM Spanish radio station.
• Shereece Dendy, president of the African American Organization (AAO) in UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, is the student recipient.
One nominator wrote, "Dendy exemplifies by action and attitude the overarching goals of the university. As the president of the AAO for the past three years, she has ensured the success of the Pan-African Youth Conference for high school students." This program is designed to help recruit high school students from the Omaha community to UNO. She served as the assistant director of the Women's Resource Center student agency. Under her leadership, many programs were facilitated on campus, including "Single Mothers' Night Out." Dendy also worked tirelessly to raise money and March on Washington for affirmative action.
Dendy is also president of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and is active in the community with book drives to raise money for local homeless shelters. She currently is promoting cardiovascular health through her work with AK Aerobics.
Peers have recognized Dendy as Student Leader of the Month. A second nominator wrote. "She strongly advocates inclusion and diverse thinking, and facilitates interaction among various student groups. She is a dedicated volunteer and a strong leader."
At the event, John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education, accepted the CCMA Faculty Diversity Award on behalf of his college's faculty.
For more information, contact Karen Hayes, CCMA committee chairperson, at 402.554.3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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