Current Honorees

 2011 Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award Recipients

This year's faculty/staff Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award goes to Dr. Arnold Nyarambi, Assistant Professor with the Special Education Program in the Department of Human Development and Learning in the Clemmer College of Education.  He works to infuse diversity and multiculturalism into his coursework.  He mentors ETSU international students from Africa and Asia and helps them adjust to our educational system.  He does this through programs such as Project G.A.S. (Graduate-Adjust-Succeed), and service learning projects such as Afro-Caribbean, Drumming, Dancing with Community Adults and Students with Disabilities, Minority Students, and ETSU Students for which he wrote a grant and was funded.  This grant allowed him to purchasing Afro-Caribbean drums, costumes and video equipment for use in service learning purposes.  He has presented the drumming and dancing activities on campus and in the Johnson City and Kingsport communities.  He has also written diversity-focused grants which have been awarded and implemented such as the Faculty Recruitment Grant.  His research investigates special education in other cultures, such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe in Southern Africa and Rwanda in East Africa and compares their methods with the U.S. models of special education.  Dr. Nyarambi was nominated for this award by Dr. Jerome Mwinyelle, Dept. of Literature & Language, Dr. Angela Lewis, Associate Dean, Clemmer College of Education,  and Dr. Patricia E. Robertson, Professor of Counseling, College of Education.

Maria Hernandez is described as a true servant-leader and inspiration and she is this year's recipient of the Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award.  This award, given to a student and a faculty/staff member yearly, recognizes their commitment to diversity, education and/or social justice efforts.  The recipients are individuals who are outspoken in their efforts to fight against bigotry, discrimination and oppression.  Maria is a Public Health major at ETSU.  She is active in QUEST for SUCCESS on campus, a program developed to aid underrepresented students transition to campus life.  In the spring of 2011 she spoke to over 100 Hispanic high school students as the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual ETSU Hispanic Student Day.  She encourages fellow members of the Los Compadres Spanish Club to work directly with the Hispanic community, thus learning first hand more about the people and their culture.  As the nationally chosen Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Club of America, she received recognition from President Barack Obama for her academic success, community service and character.  She has traveled overseas to military bases to speak to the youth and encourage them to follow their dreams.  She was nominated for this award by Dr. Ardis Nelson, Director of the Language and Culture Resource Center and former award recipient and Calan Charlton of Americorps Vista.  The Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award for the student recipient includes a $200 scholarship award from the John Davis Memorial Scholarship.  This money will be applied to Ms. Hernandez's spring 2011 fees.

Maria Hernandez is described as a true servant-leader and inspiration and she is this year's recipient of the Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award.  This award, given to a student and a faculty/staff member yearly, recognizes their commitment to diversity, education and/or social justice efforts.  The recipients are individuals who are outspoken in their efforts to fight against bigotry, discrimination and oppression.  Maria is a Public Health major at ETSU.  She is active in QUEST for SUCCESS on campus, a program developed to aid underrepresented students transition to campus life.  In the spring of 2011 she spoke to over 100 Hispanic high school students as the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual ETSU Hispanic Student Day.  She encourages fellow members of the Los Compadres Spanish Club to work directly with the Hispanic community, thus learning first hand more about the people and their culture.  As the nationally chosen Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Club of America, she received recognition from President Barack Obama for her academic success, community service and character.  She has traveled overseas to military bases to speak to the youth and encourage them to follow their dreams.  She was nominated for this award by Dr. Ardis Nelson, Director of the Language and Culture Resource Center and former award recipient and Calan Charlton of Americorps Vista.  The Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award for the student recipient includes a $200 scholarship award from the John Davis Memorial Scholarship.  This money will be applied to Ms. Hernandez's spring 2011 fees.

Past Award Recipients

FACULTY/STAFF

2002     Patricia E. Robertson

2003     Amber Kinser

2004     Mary Jordan

2005     Stacy Onks

2006     Jack Mooney

2007     Phyllis Thompson

2008     Keith Johnson

2009     Karen Cajka

2010     Kelly Dorgan

2011     Arnold Nyarambi