At the presentation of awards were (left to right) Cordula Mora, Darrico Harris, Shira Smith, Valerie Skorupski, Stephanie Wonnell and Rodney Rogers.
UNDERGRADUATES HONORED FOR THEIR DIVERSITY RESEARCH
For the nearly 170 students who participated in the inaugural Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity: Opportunities and Challenges for the Inclusion of Diversity in Higher Education and Society, the experience turned out to be not only an academic exercise but also a personal journey of discovery.
On March 2, four winners — three individuals and one group — were presented awards for excellence at a ceremony including Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president, the students’ faculty mentors, and Dr. Cordula Mora, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, which hosted the symposium at the initiative of the provost’s office. Winners received an original glass award created by art faculty member Joel O’Dorisio, each of which was unique in its representation of the Falcon head plumage, further symbolizing diversity.
Honored were Darrico Harris, a senior McNair Scholar majoring in psychology; Stephanie Wonnell, a sophomore majoring in early childhood education; Valerie Skorupski, a senior majoring in media and communication; and group project members Shira Smith, Jen Backus, Bradley Holmes, Emily Jayjohn, Jordan McCormick, Thomas James Miller II, Kelly Soinski, Christina Rodriguez, Aaron Williamson and Sierra Young.