Samuel Henry presented with President’s Diversity Award

HenryDr. Samuel Henry is the 2015 winner of the President’s Diversity Award for faculty. He was honored at the eighth annual PSU President’s Diversity Awards, held this year at the Native American Center.

Henry is an associate professor and past chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department and was also a GSE doctoral program coordinator. He has served on many committees both inside and outside PSU, including the PSU internationalization Council, the Diversity Action Council, and the Academic Priorities Committee. He is a member and chair of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, appointed by both Governors Kulongoski and Kitzhaber.

Henry was honored for his compassionate work with students. He has a unique ability to bring them together and transform them into a community of scholars where “all voices are represented and heard.”

His research has focused on diversity in education, and he has written and presented nationally and internationally on culture, social justice, and equitable education outcomes for students.

This was the eighth year of the President’s Diversity Awards, and Henry is the fourth GSE faculty member to receive the top award.

Also honored

GSE members also recognized at the awards were faculty member Swapna Mukhopadhyay, who is the recipient of two diversity mini grants; the Graduate Student Award for students went to GSE student Neil Panchmatia, who recently joined the rehabilitation counseling cohort; and the Donor Recognition Award went to GSE alumni Gary and Barbara Ames, for their scholarship fund that is focused on diversity.

The Commission on Sexual and Gender Equity Award went to the Office of the Registrar, Kevin Holden, DeskCore staff member, and GSE faculty members Audrey Lingley and Olivia Murray.

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