Diversity Award Recipients

Diversity Award Recipients 2016

"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 2016 Recipients


Carrie McCormick

Carrie was recognized for exemplary efforts to help, support and serve all of the students who come through the doors of the Madras campus. The Madras campus is our most diverse campus serving students from Warm Springs, the multicultural community of Madras, students from Deer Ridge, and students participating in ELL classes through Adult Basic Skills. The reports are numerous of how responsive Carrie is to the unique and diverse needs of every student. She spends as much time as necessary with each and every one to help them in their journey. As an example of the attention she gives to students, one student mentioned that she was looking for a particular type of Chinese/English dictionary that her daughter had used in school. She was having difficulty finding it and asked Carrie for help because she had always been so friendly to her. Although the student didn't know the name of the book, Carrie used online resources to try to identify it. Having no luck, Carrie started calling various agencies to try to locate the source of the book. By the end of the day, Carrie was still trying to help and finally found a copy of it at a local school. The school ended up giving the dictionary to the student free of charge, and needless to say, the student was delighted and grateful. This example is just one of the countless ways that Carrie is responsive to students' needs. And in return for the caring way that she responds to students, she has been invited to attend funerals at Warm springs, been asked to attend baby showers and potlucks, and generally been welcomed into the lives of the students she serves. As one of her nominators said, "Carrie's everyday actions and hard work at bridging gaps help to support students in their dreams to gain a college education."

Carlos Vazquez

According to his nominator, Carlos has been an amazing role model to students in the Human Services Program.  Carlos received a Diversity Education Award last year for his active participation in various cultural awareness workshops.  After many of these experiences, he was filled with enthusiasm for all that he had learned and was literally bubbling over with his desire to share his new awareness of diverse backgrounds with those around him.  As a leader in his classes, he engaged in appropriate and helpful conversations about multicultural issues.  In turn, other students gained a deeper understanding and greater empathy for individuals from a broad range of backgrounds which will be helpful to them as they seek employment in the human services fields.  Carlos is one of those rare students who takes the time to deeply process what he has learned and is eager and courageous in wanting to share it all with others. Carlos is the Secretary of the Addictions Studies and Human Services Club on campus and in that role, he brought information about a Spanish language Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to the members of the club.  He also volunteers to help English Language Learners understand their math assignments and has tutored in Spanish for the World Languages and Cultures Department, even though both of these areas are outside of his field of study.  Currently he has an internship with Best Care in Madras in a Spanish language facility where he is continuing to share his knowledge and expertise about diversity with everyone there.

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