"Unity in Diversity" features Beals awards, workshop, keynote address

The Melba Beals Awards for Excellence in Diversity were announced during Dominican's annual "Unity in Diversity” featuring several wide-ranging events this month cross the Dominican campus.

On March 22, Kylie Timmerman, Vice President of Pride Club, was named as the student recipient of the award while nursing professor Olivia Catolico was the faculty recipient and Human Resources manager Casey Halcro was the staff recipient.

The awards honor Dr. Beals, who retired in 2015 from Dominican as Chair Emeritus of the Department of Communications and Media Studies. Dr. Beals joined Dominican in 1999 after a successful career as a print and broadcast journalist. In 2001, she was a founding member of the Diversity Action Group, which is credited with collaboratively transforming Dominican into a diversity affirming institution at a time when the University’s student body was becoming increasingly diverse.

The Melba Beals Awards announcement came during Soul Candy XVI, Dominican’s longstanding live performing arts showcase, in Angelico Concert Hall. Created in 2008 to reflect and represent the diversity of culture on campus, Soul Candy presented 15 acts featuring poetry, dance, ethnic and cultural dance and music of every genre. It was co-produced by the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with TORCH and Retention Services.

Free and open the public, Soul Candy was preceded by the Global Cultures Fair, produced by the Global Education Office, in the Angelico Hall lobby.

The “Unity in Diversity” celebration started on March 16 in Creekside Room where transgender writer and public health consultant Willy Wilkinson led a student workshop “Trans-Sections: The Intersectionality of Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and Sexuality.” It was sponsored by the Diversity Action Group in collaboration with the Inter-Club Council.

On March 27 in Guzman Lecture Hall, “Unity in Diversity” culminated with a keynote address by Willy Wilkinson. The event was sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity.

All the events were part of the year-long University’s Democracy and Equity Initiative. Students are spending this academic year immersed in a thought-provoking and collaborative lineup of courses and activities focused on a central theme of “Democracy and Equity.” Programming both in and out of the classroom is engaging students in some of the most critical issues facing the U.S.

March 23, 2017