Diversity Award Recipients

"I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare."
~ Maya Angelou

This award seeks to recognize those faculty, staff, and students who make valuable contributions to our campus community in a way that supports and fosters a respectful and inclusive multicultural environment. Learn more about the Diversity Achievement Award.

Diversity Achievement Award 2013 Recipients

Diversity Award Recipients 2013Jim Foster  

Jim has served on the COCC/OSU Cascades Diversity Committee ever since serving as Chair for the past year.  He has provided thoughtful leadership to our committee and contributed to many of the efforts that we have initiated.  Because of his commitment and initiative, the Principles of Community were adopted at OSU Cascades after numerous meetings with faculty, staff and student groups.  He has been a regular contributor to our workshops for the Can We Talk About Race….and Other Differences? Series, including a program he facilitated with some of his students.  This year he facilitated a three-part book discussion for the Season of Nonviolence and engaged over 70 participants in a greater understanding of how race and racism still harmfully operate in our society today.  He is also one of the trainers for our Safe Zone workshops – a commitment which included two days of facilitator training as well as the many hours to prepare and present the workshops.  He participated in the Courageous Conversations group last year and provided leadership in following up on action steps that arose from those discussions.  As a member of the OSU Cascades Diversity Committee, he also chaired the selection process for the new Diversity Coordinator position.  

Martin Martinez

Martin started his service to campus when he volunteered for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at COCC last year.  In an instant, he demonstrated his leadership capacity, his professionalism, and his dedication to helping other students thrive here at COCC.  For the past year, he has served as the President of the Latino Club and has effectively led students in the planning and organization of El Dia de los Muertos, the Latino Dance Festival, and Cinco de Mayo, as well as many other activities.  Most admirable about Martin is his involvement with and support of several other clubs and organizations on campus – the Garden Club, the First Nations Student Union, the Criminal Justice Club and the Theater Troup.  He also contributed significantly to the Get Out The Vote campaign organized by ASCOCC by doing class presentations and registering student voters.  The high number of students who registered this past fall is due in large part to Martin’s efforts.  In the community,  he has worked with the Redmond firefighters helping them to receive their Spanish language certification.  He also volunteers for the Latino Community Association assisting in the coordination of their planned events.

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