Promoting Diversity On Campus

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The Office of University Communications
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Nov. 18, 2011

Promoting Diversity On Campus

Faculty and staff receive Texas Diversity Alliance Award for their work

By Andrea Davis '12

SAN ANTONIO - Members of the sociology and anthropology department and Campus Community Involvement (CCI) have received the Texas Diversity Alliance Award for their work in promoting diversity at Trinity University.

David Spener, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, along with Raphael Moffett, director of CCI, received the award for the e-book publication, Race, Ethnicity, and Me: Autobiographical Reflections by Trinity University Students. The project began in 2008 with Spener and Ankita Rakhe, Trinity's chief diversity officer at the time of the project's inception and publication.

The project began when Spener gave his Fall 2008 Contemporary Minorities class an assignment dealing with personal experience and racial issues.

"[The students] relate their experience - one particular experience or how they grew up - and then they take concepts and research findings from the existing academic literature in sociology and anthropology in ethnic relations and use it as a tool for interpreting their experiences," Spener said.

Pleased with the students' quality of work and surprised by some of their personal experiences, Spener decided to create an e-book to spread the knowledge to others. He and Rakhe opted to self-published the students' stories in Race, Ethnicity, and Me

"I'm very honored to receive this award, but I would say that the people who really deserve it are the students who wrote these essays," Spener said.

Brian Hirsch, director of Career Services, accepted the award on their behalf.  

"The award is an honor because it recognizes Trinity's overall efforts and identifies a specific program, Race, Ethnicity, and Me, that rises to the level of recognition by the [Texas Diversity Council]," Hirsch said.

The Texas Diversity Alliance award is provided by the Texas Diversity Council, a non-profit organization committed to increasing organizations' knowledge about diversity. The Texas Diversity Alliance award specifically recognizes an organization's achievement in promoting diversity in their organization.

To view the Race, Ethnicity, and Me project which won the award, click here.

Text provided by Andrea Davis of Farmington, N.M., a candidate for graduation from Trinity University in May 2012 with a degree in history and English. She is a student worker in the Office of University Communications.