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Awards / Honors

Multi-Ethnic Distinguished Service Award recipients

April 29, 2009

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity was pleased to have announced the 2009 recipients of the Multi-Ethnic Faculty & Staff Distinguished Service Awards during the Celebrate Colorado State Awards Ceremony.

As part of CSU's commitment to diversity, the Multi-Ethnic Faculty & Staff Distinguished Service Awards were created in 1987 to honor ethnically diverse Academic Faculty and Administrative Professionals who have made outstanding contributions within the University, as well as surrounding community. 

Eric Aoki - Faculty honoree

The 2009 Academic Faculty recipient is Eric Aoki, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Aoki has made outstanding contributions to his profession and the multi-ethnic community and deserves the recognition of this award for enhancing the awareness and status of diverse individuals and groups, for fostering acceptance and understanding between the majority population and persons of color, and for strengthening multicultural and inclusion efforts for underrepresented people. Aoki is an invaluable resource for countless students, from both his department and other departments across campus, who are looking for a diverse and understanding faculty member, often times mentor, who shares a common background of diverse ethnicity or sexual orientation identity.

Carmen Rivera - Administrative Professional honoree

The 2009 Administrative Professional recipient is Carmen Rivera. Carmen has served the Colorado State University Community, including the greater community of Fort Collins, and much of Northern Colorado through her employment with the Center for Educational Access and Outreach. She has served as a mentor and role model to women through multiple projects and has had a lasting impact on many people. Carmen finds the balance of challenge and support in helping students to deepen their understanding of diversity, whether they identify as a person in the majority population, or as a person of color. She recognizes that all of us have multiple socially constructed identities, all of which play a part of our experiences at CSU.

While the caucus itself no longer exists, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity continue to foster and support the Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff awards each year.

Contact: Michelle Riesel
Phone: (970) 491-5836