Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Diane Travers receives MLK Diversity Award

Diane Travers (second from the right) receives the MLK
Diversity Award. Pictured from left are Ed Yeager, CGCC
President Linda Lujan and Coach Cassandra Yancy.  
Diane Travers, division chair of communication and fine arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Award during halftime at the Martin Luther King Basketball Classic on January 19.

Diane was nominated by Athletic Director Ed Yeager for her efforts in promoting diversity and embracing the many cultures at CGCC.

"Diane has served the Maricopa Community Colleges for 28 years, embracing and educating thousands of diverse members of our communities," said Yeager.

As a faculty member, Diane requires her Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking students to participate in service learning at the Chandler-Gilbert Arc, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to providing training and support to adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. She feels it is important for students to both serve and learn how to communicate with a diverse group of individuals.

She is the founding advisor for the Hands Enriching Lives Projects (HELP) service club started five years ago with students from all over the world. She also has more than three years of service with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit homebuilder for low-income families.

In March of last year, Diane was awarded the Maricopa Community Colleges' Diversity Advisory Council Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding efforts on behalf of diversity and inclusion at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

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