USU Diversity Award recipients announced

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht recognized and honored the winners of the 16th Annual Utah State University Diversity Awards at a luncheon held in their honor April 9 at the Haight Alumni Center at USU. Mary Doty, John Lackstrom, Kate Stephens, Krista Bustamante and Cleal Bradford were honored as the 2010 Diversity Award recipients. The awards recognize individuals on campus and in communities served by USU who have made significant contributions to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity. Mary Doty was honored posthumously with the Administrator Award. Prior to her tragic death in August 2009, she was the interim associate vice president for student services as well as the director of the USU Counseling Center. Doty was a licensed psychologist and began work in the USU Counseling Center in 1989 and became its director in 1991. On the USU campus, she was supportive of multicultural students and actively worked with the Multicultural Student Services, International Students and Scholars, Disability Resource Center, Women’s and Reentry Student Center and GLBTA Services (Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied) to ensure the Counseling Center was responsive to the needs of all students. John Lackstrom, professor of linguistics and Spanish in the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication, College of HASS, received the Faculty Award. Upon his arrival at USU in 1969, Lackstrom established the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) which he directed and co-directed for more than 10 years. Because of this institute, several thousand international students have found a place on the USU campus where they can acquire the linguistic and cultural skills to enable them to succeed at USU. In 1985, along with other IELI faculty, he developed the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) workshops and directed or co-directed the workshops from 1985 to 1993. In the ITA workshops, international students are oriented to the cultural expectations of undergraduate teaching in America and are trained in the English language skills required for teaching undergraduate students. In the late 1990s, Lackstrom, along with Al Smith, another language faculty member, developed the Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program, using the slogan “Build Understanding.” Kate Stephens, Utah Conservation Corps assistant director, received the Staff Award. The UCC is dedicated to improving public lands and the communities that surround them through partnership projects, education and service. Krista Bustamante is an undergraduate student with a dual major in political science and Spanish and is currently the ASUSU (Associated Student of Utah State University) diversity and organizations vice president. She is the recipient of the Student Award, presented for her many efforts prior to being elected to her current ASUSU position. At USU, Bustamante has supported several Multicultural Student Services organizations, working collectively with international Latino groups such as the Dominican Student Association. She is employed on campus as a resident assistant, and routinely is involved in educating her peers about human diversity and social issues. Cleal Zemire Bradford is the diversity award recipient in the Community category. He has been among the foremost leaders in the promotion of empowerment and self-sufficiency among Native American communities in southeast Utah, as exemplified by his participation with a number of community-based organizations promoting Native American interests. Bradford served eight years as the executive director of the Utah Navajo Development Council, a top employer for his county. He served as the executive director of the White Mesa Ute Council for 30 years, wherein projects included the development of community infrastructure and services, such as paved roads, new housing units, enhanced police protection, improved health care, Ute language preservation, scholarship programs and other projects. He has provided decades of service through the San Juan Foundation, which led to the realization of his life-long dream of developing a campus for higher education in the southeast part of Utah to better serve the local population, including Native American students from the Ute and Navajo reservations. This campus is used cooperatively by the USU Blanding Education Center and the College of Eastern Utah, now Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah. The Foundation has further developed Family Learning Centers in the communities of Monument Valley, Montezuma Creek and Monticello. Bradford holds a passion for the preservation of diverse cultural settings and artifacts from the Four Corners area, and he has served as executive director of the Four Corners Heritage Council for the past 14 years. Additionally, in conjunction with the San Juan Foundation, the Nations of the Native West, a 60-acre cultural heritage site with replicas of Navajo, Ute, Spanish and early pioneer settlements and villages has been established. For information on the 2010 Utah State University Diversity Awards and recipients, contact Dave Ottley, USU AA/EO director, (435) 797-1266.

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