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Phil Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity

Phil Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity (doc)

For 25 years, Dr. Phillip Santa Maria served as Dean of Students at Buffalo State College. During his tenure, he was recognized both on campus and throughout the community for his leadership on a variety of diversity and social justice issues. The Phil Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity has been established in his honor and will be given annually to recognize students who exemplify Dr. Santa Maria’s commitment to service, social justice, and diversity.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit nominations of student leaders who exemplify his commitment to service, social justice, and diversity through promoting respect for diversity and individual differences in their activities, projects, discussions, or their leadership with student organizations and groups for this purpose.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate students at Buffalo State College who are in good standing with the College.

Criteria:

  1. The recipients must have demonstrated leadership in the promotion of respect for diversity and individual differences through their roles in organizing discussions, curricular experiences, out of classroom experiences, special projects or programming that goes beyond that usually expected of a student.
  1. Recipients must demonstrate leadership in encouraging their peers to embrace diversity and to appreciate the benefits of diversity on campus, in the community, and in their everyday lives.
  1.  Recipients must have created or played a significant leadership role in initiatives or programs that promote access, equity, or social justice in relation to the diversity of thought, diversity of experiences, and diversity of values of other aspects of diversity within the college or the broader community.

Please use the attached form to nominate a student or students who meet the criteria for the recognition award.  Submit the nomination form to the office of Equity and Campus Diversity, CLEV 415 no later than Friday, February 22, 2013.  If you have questions, please contact the Equity and Campus Diversity Office at 878-6210.

2011 Winner of the Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity

Paula A. Madrigal is a Senior majoring in Social Work with a 4.0 grade point average. She is currently the president of Kappa Omega Social Work Honor Society in 2010.  Paula also won the National Chapter Service Award on behalf of her hard work from her peers, with her determination she has played  a vital role in the increase of student participation in her student organization. Paula is always trying to find ways to not only make a difference in the community but her campus as well . In her spare time she has taken the role as a Peer Educator in the Health Promotions office, helping increase awareness about mental illness and power-based interpersonal violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and bullying).  Over the summer Paula was a presenter and a small group facilitator in Buffalo State’s new “Do Your Part” bystander intervention program training for the paraprofessional staff and at Transfer and First Year Orientation Session.

 

2010 Winner of the Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity

Rhina Duquela is a Junior majoring in Secondary English Education.  Rhina serves as an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Building Manager for the Student Union and is an Ambassador in the Educational Opportunity Program, mentoring new students through their transition to college.  Rhina has served as President, Vice President and Sergeant of Arms for S.P.i.R.i.T Gospel Choir and as President of the Porter Hall Council, receiving the “President of the Year” award from the Residence Hall Association in 2008.  An active community volunteer, Rhina participated in the Making Buffalo Beautiful clean-up day, neighborhood improvement efforts with the Methodist Church of CO-OP City and the College Based Transition Program.  

2009 Winners of the Phillips Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity

Elizabeth Adams, Sarah Laser and Huewayne Watson are the recipients of the Phillips Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity.  For 25 years, Dr. Phillip Santa Maria served as Dean of Students at Buffalo State College. During his tenure, he was recognized both on campus and throughout the community for his leadership on a variety of diversity and social justice issues. The Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity has been established in his honor and is given annually to recognize students who exemplify Dr. Santa Maria’s commitment to service, social justice, and diversity through promoting respect for diversity and individual differences in their activities, projects, discussions, or their leadership with student organizations and groups. 

Elizabeth Adams is a graduate student majoring in History with a 3.66 GPA. Elizabeth has a track record for acting on her own initiative to strengthen diversity programs on campus and organize outreach programs in an attempt to recruit underrepresented populations to apply for admission to the college.  She always stimulates class discussion by raising cogent and timely questions concerning issues relating to diversity. She has been active in the Native American Student Organization and desires to initiate a Native American Graduate Student Organization. 

Sarah Lasher is a senior majoring in Social Work with a 4.00 GPA.  Ms. Lasher has been one of the most active and successful presidents of the Social Work Honor Society.  She has organized, directed, and led the honor society members to participate in several on and off campus activities including one of the most successful clothing drives for Cornerstone Manor, the UB School of Dental Medicine’s ‘Give a Kid’s A Smile Day,’ a Postpartum Mood Disorders Conference and a Social Work Ethics Panel Discussion, just to name a few.  Additionally, she volunteers with Crisis Services as a hospital advocate and with Literacy Volunteers. 

Huewayne Watson is a senior majoring in History with a 3.59 GPA. Huewayne has excelled academically and developed into a researcher and scholar, as well as a leader on our campus and in the Western New York area.  He has displayed this through participation in a variety of diversity and social justice issues.  Huewayne has an intense desire to make contributions to the world around us by finding the gaps in the way our history is told, especially in comparative slavery, emancipation, and Caribbean studies... He hopes to share these stories with others to promote an understanding and respect for the tenants of diversity.