MLK Jr. Recognition Awards honor campus advocates

Three Colorado School of Mines community members received Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Awards at a luncheon on January 17.

Louisa Duley, assistant director of admissions; Kristine Callan, physics teaching professor; and Olivia Cordova, a senior electrical engineering student, each received a recognition award for their appreciation for diversity and understanding its value on campus.

Recipients are chosen based on nominations by peers that highlight their efforts to develop innovative programs or policies that enhance diversity on campus, demonstrate a commitment to a philosophy of inclusion by initiating interactions between people of different backgrounds and their efforts to contribute to fostering understanding and respect for diversity within the campus community.

From Duley’s nomination:

Louisa has been able to translate her years of experience with SUMMET to other programs such as our Challenge program. Louisa’s care, understanding and respect for these students from the time they are prospective students until the day they proudly cross the stage at Commencement cannot be overstated. Louisa truly fosters understanding and respect and has helped the campus expand its reach to a more diverse group of students.

From Callan’s nomination:

Under Kristine's guidance, the student group Equality Through Awareness (ETA) grew beyond its humble roots within the Physics Department and quickly became a campus-wide phenomenon aiming to bring together students and faculty of all backgrounds in order to discuss the various challenges faced by underrepresented populations in STEM. ETA has since become a mainstay on campus, challenging the students, faculty and administration with taking an often times uncomfortable look at issues like implicit bias, stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, the socio-economic implications of engineering, student anxiety and sexual harassment.

From Cordova’s nomination:

Olivia is an inspiring individual in many ways beyond her work with the Society of Women Engineers. Through her role as an RA for the Nucleus Scholars group, Olivia often participates in presentations to share her experiences as a first-generation college student, educating the Mines community on the benefits diversifying our campus and reaching out to this underrepresented group as well as shedding light on the unique needs of first-generation college students.


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