GSE students and faculty recognized at eighth annual PSU diversity celebration

Hope Yamasaki

Hope Yamasaki, MS ‘12, is adding the President’s Diversity Award to her list of honors as she graduates this spring from the Leadership for Sustainability Education master’s program. Her vision when she entered the LSE program was to create inclusive educational programming in sustainability that represents diverse perspectives. As an intern for the Sustainability Leadership Center, she created a presentation on diversity and sustainability that has been viewed by many audiences. With her student group, Sustainability Leaders Network, she organized a sustainability workshop that engaged 100 students, faculty, and community members. Ms. Yamasaki also led a team of undergraduates who were awarded a $6,500 grant through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions for fall 2012. View her video here.

Hope Yamasake is the second GSE student to earn a PSU President’s Diversity award, and this is the fifth time in eight years that the GSE has won a top award. Previous recipients include Julie Esparza Brown, Yer Thou, Lynda Pullen, and Carmen Anderson.

Also honored at the annual event was GSE faculty member, Deborah Peterson, from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Her project, Recruit and retain bilingual/bicultural teachers, received a mini grant. The project’s focus is to increase efforts to recruit the numbers of underrepresented minorities into the Initial Administrator Licensure program.

Cathy Symes, a Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) student, was awarded the Annie Spencer Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, which goes to an outstanding student with a documented disability. She has served on several campus committees and was an ASPSU Senator from 2008 to 2011.

Tonya L. Jones, a Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) master’s student won the essay competition sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women at PSU. She works with a group that encourages women of color to write and has published two volumes of their work. A highlight of her studies at PSU was a trip to India as part of the GSE’s International Service-Learning course.

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