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May 20, 2014

Students and Faculty Honored for Promoting Diversity

Students and faculty were honored for their dedication to academics and furthering diversity on campus and in the surrounding community at the annual Intercultural Awards May 1 in the Wilson Room of Pfenning Alumni Center.

College Archivist Diane Shaw and Jeffrey D. Robinson ’80 Leadership Award recipient Robert Young ’14.

College Archivist Diane Shaw and Jeffrey D. Robinson ’80 Leadership Award recipient Robert Young ’14

Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Development, the ceremony celebrates those who have committed themselves to addressing issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice throughout the year.

Award recipients:

  • 1974 Award – Awarded to the student who most exemplifies the groundbreaking spirit of the first class of women to graduate from Lafayette by working toward equality for women on campus
    Jessica Silverman ’14 (Holmdel, N.J.), English/film and media studies
  • Cultural Program of the Year – This award is presented to coordinators of the cultural program or initiative that most impacted the campus community in terms of its emphasis on cross-cultural dialogue, intellectual exploration of an important sociocultural or global issue, or social integration across campus affiliations.
    Residency of the Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery, organized by Janemarie Duh, identity management systems architect in ITS and Buddhist adviser
  • Darlyne Bailey ’74 Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences Award – A student whose academic/artistic accomplishments reflect an outstanding level of scholarship and advance understanding on an important issue related to diversity
    Shehtaz Huq ’14 (Plano, Texas), English/film and media studies
  • David A. Portlock Cross-Cultural Relationship Award – A student who has worked diligently to promote cross-cultural relationships on campus and/or in the community
    Danialie Fertile ’16 (Morris Plains, N.J.), government & law and foreign language
  • Dr. Eugene Deloatch ’59 Excellence in Science and Engineering Award – A senior in the natural sciences or engineering whose academic accomplishments reflect an outstanding level of scholarship
    Rijan Maharjan ’14 (Kathmandu, Nepal), mechanical engineering
    Kyle Tucker ’14 (Los Angeles, Calif.), biology

    Professor Chris Phillips and Darlyne Bailey ’74 Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences Award recipient Shehtaz Huq ’14

    Professor Chris Phillips presents the Darlyne Bailey ’74 Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences Award to Shehtaz Huq ’14

  • Frances Ocansey-Ahene Spirit of Multiculturalism Award – A graduating senior whose activities and commitment to academic excellence and inclusive cultural education within the community transcend all barriers and exemplify the ethos of multiculturalism at Lafayette
    Nam Nguyen ’14 (Washington, D.C.), history/international affairs
  • Jeffrey D. Robinson ’80 Leadership Award - Awarded to an accomplished student who is also characterized by noteworthy leadership in college activities and student life
    Robert Young ’14 (Washington, D.C.), film and media studies/women’s and gender studies
  • John T. McCartney Excellence in Diversity Education Award – A faculty member or administrator whose commitment and service to diversity on campus promote awareness and a positive learning environment for all students.
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies Faculty
  • Leroy D. Nunery ’77 Intellectual Citizenship Award – A student whose research on important social, political, or economic issues advances knowledge and involves the student in activities within a community.
    Alex Rosenfelder ’14 (South Orange, N.J.), philosophy/English
  • Mattachine Award – Awarded to the student who most exemplifies the courage of the Mattachine Society, the nation’s first LGBTQ rights organization, in working tirelessly to advance LGBTQ rights at Lafayette.
    Shanequa Lassiter ’14 (New York, N.Y.), women’s and gender studies
  • Otis Ellis ’89 Scholar Athlete Award –This award is granted to a successful varsity athlete who has achieved an outstanding level of scholarship
    Rachel Pena ’14 (Ridgefield Park, N.J.), English
    Julian Plummer ’15 (Kendall Park, N.J.), economics
  • Professor Andy Smith and Riley Temple ’71 Creative and Artistic Citizenship Award recipient Joel Vargas ’14

    Professor Andy Smith and Riley Temple ’71 Creative and Artistic Citizenship Award recipient Joel Vargas ’14

    Pard Partnership Award – Awarded to the individual, student organization, academic, or administrative department that has contributed significantly to achieving social justice through a process of collaboration around shared values
    Michael O’Neil, associate professor of English and director of theater

  • Riley Temple ’71 Creative and Artistic Citizenship Award – A student whose creative scholarship in the visual and/or performance arts contributes to knowledge on societal issues of multicultural concern
    Joel Vargas ’14  (Bronx, N.Y.), film and media studies
  • Rising Star Award – A first-year student who has demonstrated commitment to intercultural campus engagement and potential for greatness in the years to come
    Iris Xu ’17 (Dalian, China), anthropology and sociology
    Valerie Melson ’17 (Upper Marlboro, Md.), neuroscience
  • Robert I. Weiner Interfaith Award – Given to the Lafayette student who contributed most significantly to interfaith work by promoting constructive dialogue between religious and intercultural groups on campus.
    Rose Bayer ’14 (Glastonbury, Conn.), neuroscience
  • Student Advocate Staff Award – This award is given to the administrative or support staff member whose expressed commitment to diversity is demonstrated through their expert advising, support, advocacy, and mentorship of students of color, women, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented identity groups.
    Alex Hendrickson, College chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life
  • Student Organization of the Year – This award is granted to the student organization that has most impacted the campus through consistently effective cultural programming (social and/or educational)
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  • World Citizen Award – An international student who has demonstrated commitment to local and/or global issues through academic work or co-curricular leadership
    Sicheng Wang ’14 (Mianyang, China), electrical and computer engineering

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1 Comment

  1. I’m a 1977 African-American BS ChE grad that has been curious for quite some time. Wondering if you can research ot direct me to the appropriate department to determine how many and who are the African-American BS ChE grads that came from Lafayette and how many and who after 1977?

    I presently work for Chemtrade Logisitics (mainly a Sulfuric Acid & Water Treatment producer & distributor) as their Process & Systems Manager in Beaumont, Texas. Over the years, I’ve been back to campus for 2 class reunions and a couple Lafayette/Lehigh football games. got my tickets and looking forward to Nov. 22nd in NYC.

    Thanks!

    says Emerson F. Lane, Jr. PE, MBA
    June 11, 2014 at 9:58 am
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