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Annual Celebration of Diversity

The Annual Celebration of Diversity brings together university and local community members to showcase all university diversity efforts and acknowledge college and individual contributions to realizing the goal of diversity, equity and inclusion. This year’s celebration is a virtual video event honoring faculty and staff from across campus community.

Virtual Video Celebration 2020

Welcome to the 35th Annual Celebration of Diversity. Click to watch this video on MediaSpace.


  • Video Introduction
  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Welcome by Chancellor Robert Jones
  • Vice Chancellor Sean Garrick Opening Remarks
  • Angel Garcia Poetry Reading
  • Larine Y. Cowan Award Recipients – Introduction

2020 Recipients of the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award

Advocacy for LGBTQ Affairs

Robin Fretwell Wilson, College of Law, for her work as on the creators of “Tolerance Means Dialogue,” an innovative program that is at the forefront of efforts to further the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the legal academy and profession.

Excellence in Access and Accommodations

Meghan Burke, College of Education, for her work to increase the advocacy skills of family members of individuals with disabilities.

Ann Fredricksen, Disability Resources & Educational Services, for her work to transform the DRES Accessible Media Services into a center of excellence for captioning on campus.

Leadership in Diversity

Kimberly J. Shinew, College of Applied Health Sciences, for a career dedicated to addressing disparities and social justice in higher education, her discipline, and society.

Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, College of Education, for her work to bridge scholarship with practice in higher education to ensure the applicability of diversity research in educational and workplace environments.

More about the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award