The PSU Diversity Action Council, and the Global Diversity and Inclusion division has named Tara Cooper this year’s recipient of the President’s Diversity Award in the distinguished staff category for outstanding accomplishments in making PSU a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable university.
Cooper is the Teacher Diversity Support Services Coordinator in the GSE’s Recruitment, Outreach and Student Services (ROSS) office where she recruits and mentors underrepresented students for the GSE’s graduate teaching and counseling programs. She joined the GSE in 2014. She has a master’s in intercultural relations and a bachelor’s degree in English and ethnic studies.
Before coming to Portland in 2013, Cooper had over 15 years of experience in higher education recruitment and student support, including a position as a matriculation specialist in the California community college system, where she participated in statewide efforts to improve student learning outcomes and vocational training.
Cooper received her award at a ceremony on May 23, 2017, at the PSU Native American Student and Community Center. She is the sixth GSE faculty member to earn the President’s Diversity Award. The other five are: Samuel Henry, Lynda Pullen, Esperanza De La Vega, Julie Esparza Brown, and Yer Thao.