Student Excellence (Leadership/Service) Award
Winston Bedell received
the 1999 Diversity Award in Student excellence. Winston Bedell was nominated
service as President and co-founder of the African Awareness Association (AAA),
and for his participation in the establishment of the Third World News Service.
A senior majoring in Finance, Winston has been instrumental in coordinating
the AAA Cultural Show, and has been involved with the newly-established Multicultural
Student Business Association.
Silas Pinto received
the 1999 Diversity Award in Student excellence for his service as President
of the cape Verdean Student Association, as founder of Capoeira, and Afro-Brazilian-influenced
martial arts student group; and as convenor of the Multicultural Student
Alliance, an umbrella organization of groups of color. A junior majoring
in Psychology, Silas is a master teacher of Capoeira, a fluent speaker of
several languages and a skilled musician who plays multiple instruments.
Ebony Brown received
the 1999 Diversity Award in Student excellence for her service as the student
senate Multicultural Representative, as the president of Students Organized
Against Racism (SOAR), and as the student coordinator for Search Weekend.
In addition, Ebony has been an active Participant in Uhuru SaSa and the Diversity
Task Force, and Coordinator of the recent visit to campus of Susan Taylor,
the noted Editor of Essence Magazine, the leading black women's magazine
in the United States.
Student Excellence (Academic/Service) Award Recipients:
Abdul-Matin received the 1999 Diversity Award in Undergraduate Student
excellence. Ibrahim served as Vice President of Student Government, a member
of the Executive Board of Uhuru SaSa, and a Varsity Football Player. Ibrahim
is a Political Science major and an active participant in the URI Poetry Slam.
Danielle L. Hill received the 1999 Diversity
Award in Undergraduate Student excellence. Danielle received the award for
her excellence as an Academic
Researcher, and for her service as president of Uhuru SaSa, and as an active
member of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), The Diversity Task Force,
and Solidarity Outreach. Danielle is a Communication Studies and Sociology
and a minor in Portuguese. Danielle is a McNair Fellow, a member of the
Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and the first prize winner in the T.E. McKinney
Research Paper Competition. In addition she has worked as a student Intern
the URI Multicultural Center.
Student Excellence (Artistic/Cultural) Award Recipients:
Jhomphy Ventura received the 1999 Diversity
Award in Undergraduate Student excellence. Jhomphy Ventura was selected for
his service as a Producer-Director for URI Ram TV, as Stage Manager for Teatro
Latino Estudiante at URI and as actor in URI Theater productions, such as The
Wiz and The Taming of the Shrew. A major in Theater with minors in Psychology
and Honors, Jhomphy is the founder and President of the URI Judo Club, a McNair
Fellow, a member of Golden Key National Honor Society, a Trained AIDS counselor,
a member of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, and an RA at Bressler and Heathman
Organization Excellence (Leadership/Service) Award Recipients:
Brothers United for Action (BUA)
received the 1999 Diversity Award in Student Organization Excellence for its
service in promoting a broad-based diversity agenda for social change on campus.
Providing insights for a diverse coalition of student, faculty, staff and administrators,
The BUA has incorporated correctives for racism, sexism, homophobia, and other
issues into its Task Force and with various curriculum committees.
Excellence (Leadership/Service) Award Recipients:
Linda Palazzo received the 1999
Diversity Award in Staff/ Administrative excellence. Linda received the award
for her several years of service to organizations of diverse and underrepresented
students. A Public Properties Officer in the URI Security Office, Linda has
been friendly accessible, and supportive to student organizations in need of
weekend coverage for events. Linda has been an active participant on the Diversity
Acheivement Award: N/A
Student Excellence (Academic/Service) Award
Vonda Jones Hudson received
the 1999 Diversity Award in Graduate Student excellence. Vonda Hudson received
award for her service as a mentor and role model for African-American and other
students. A graduate student majoring in Psychology, Vonda is assistant Residence
Hall Director at Coddington Hall, and has been instrumental in the establishment
of the Multi-Ethnic Graduate Association (MEGA). Vonda's most lasting contribution
to URI may be her leadership in influencing the URI Psychology Department
integrate Multiculturalism into its policies, procedures, and practices.
Excellence (Academic/Service) Award Recipients:
Dr. Bette La Sere Erickson received
the 1999 Diversity Award in Faculty excellence. Dr. Erickson received the award
for her service in conceiving, conducting and developing the URI Multicultural
Center Faculty Fellows Program, a support group of approximately 25 faculty
and a handful of students and staff, who meet regularly to discuss classroom
teaching, their interactions with diverse students, and service or research
projects with diverse faculty and students. Along with her husband, Dr. C.B.
Peters and other faculty and staff, Bette recently developed and submitted
major grant proposal to the Hewlett foundation to support Faculty Fellows and
other programs of the Center. The Assistant Director of the Instructional Development
Program, Bette has been active on the Multicultural Center Advisory Committee,
the Faculty of Color and Friends, and the Diversity Week Planning Committee.
Her research interests include faculty development and the adjustment of students
Dr. Paul de Mesquita received the 1999 Diversity Award in Faculty
excellence. Dr. de Mesquita received the award for his service in coordinating
Diversity Week, a week long program of workshops, videos, a keynote address,
a poetry slam, and a Graffiti Wall, intended to acknowledge and celebrate the
full gamut of Multiculturalism. An Associate Professor in the Psychology Department,
Dr. de Mesquita has been active on the Multicultural Center Advisory Committee
and the Faculty of Colors and Friends. In addition, he is a Multicultural Center
Faculty Fellow. His research interests include education reform.
Dr. Cynthia M. Hamilton received
the 1999 Diversity Award in Faculty excellence for her service in linking
URI students to students at the Training School, her nurturing of the student
run Third World New Service, and for
her leadership in designing and developing the African and African-American
studies Program major. The Director of the Program and an Associate Professor,
Cynthia is a committed activist-scholar, who principle research focus is