2014 Diversity Awards Ceremony
Student Diversity Award
Ky "Jacky" Lam
Jacky Lam transferred to UT Dallas from an Oklahoma institution in his junior year. He is currently a Computer Science senior, and has been involved in organizations which help forge understanding and impact achievement throughout his time as an undergraduate student. In Oklahoma, he was Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Oklahoma/Arkansas Regional President and President of the International Club.
Jacky is currently the President of the UT Dallas Japanese Student Association and a senator for Student Government Technology Committee, and is leading a Japanese Culture Dance Team which performs at UT Dallas. He has coordinated large scale events for student organizations and students, and enjoys volunteering. He has received two Presidential Service Awards, and for 2013 received the UT Dallas Service to Student Life Leadership Award. He is fluent in Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and is learning Japanese.
Student Organization Diversity Award
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc
Sigma Lambda Gamma at UT Dallas has fostered a place where women from various cultural, racial and economic backgrounds have come together with the common goal of bettering themselves, UT Dallas, and the community. Sigma Lambda Gamma brings programming to campus, engages with other student organizations, including efforts each semester to volunteer at places such as Hope's Door. The diversity within the organization is a cornerstone of its mission. By embracing the differences within the sorority, and by expanding this vision to the community, it celebrates uniqueness in others. Sigma Lambda Gamma is committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women, and realizing diversity in others.
Community Champion Diversity Award
Mr. Kevin Mondy
Project Still I Rise (PSIR) was founded in 2002 with the mission to empower today's youth for tomorrow's opportunities through academic enrichment, mentoring, and leadership development programming. PSIR has partnered with the UT Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement on several initiatives targeting underrepresented minority males in grades 4 to 12 including the Urban STEM Camp with a focus on preparing young men for careers in engineering and science. Mr. Mondy was also one of the founders of the Aiming for the Stars -African American Male Academic Bowl. The Bowl, which has been held at UT Dallas and other higher education institutions, engages young men in an academic tournament that encourages team work, peer mentoring, peer accountability, and peer learning. Mr. Mondy has also engaged several UT Dallas students as mentors to young African American men involved in PSIR. He has exemplified the qualities of a community champion of diversity through his passion and steadfast commitment to support underrepresented young men to become outstanding leaders.
Corporate Diversity Award
Lennox International has been a long-time supporter of diversity initiatives at UT Dallas and a valuable community partner for the university's Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. Lennox believes in supporting diversity and inclusion, internally and externally. This functions as a key driver of the company's competitive advantage and long-term success. In this spirit, Lennox has served on the UT Dallas Community Diversity Advisory Council and has supported a number of programs across campus. Lennox volunteers have served for several initiatives organized by the Galerstein Women's Center to support women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Lennox Women's Business Council took part in the Center's leadership series, "Powerful Women Are?" Lennox has also partnered with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science by establishing the Linda G. Alvarado Scholarship for Women in Engineering, and the company has supported several initiatives in the Jindal School of Management, including the Constantine Konstans Professorship in Corporate Governance and Accounting. Lennox has recently hired 24 university alumni, including 17 women and underrepresented minorities, and the company currently boasts six UT Dallas alumni in key executive leadership positions.
Staff Diversity Award
The UT Dallas Career Center
Examples of the accomplishment achieved by the Career Center include The Lavender Graduation Ceremony, a smaller graduation ceremony for members of the LGBTQA community who might not feel as comfortable being themselves on the larger stage, and The Diversity Networking Reception, which is designed specifically to promote employer interaction with traditionally underrepresented students, and those students with leadership or academic excellence are offered invitations. Additionally, the Career Center makes consistent strides to identify the needs of UTD's extensively diverse community and creatively provides solutions that offer not only opportunity, but dignity.
Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award
Dr. Thomas Linehan
Dr. Linehan is the director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering and the founder of the Arts and Technology program at UT Dallas. He has a background in corporate management and educational administration, having served as a college president, a corporate vice president, a research laboratory director, a professor and a public school teacher. Dr. Linehan has experience in research and development with arts and technology, has sponsored research projects in serious game design for training troops for the US Army, and has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for work with professional development of high school teachers. According to the nominator, "It is hard to be around Dr. Linehan and not be inspired. No matter the person's cultural background, Dr. Linehan will challenge them to grow and explore unique perspectives in their academic pursuits."
Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award
Dr. Robert Ackerman
Dr. Robert Ackerman, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, addresses questions about interpersonal relationships using methods and models from both social and personality psychology. He is interested in developmental factors that contribute to the functioning of adult romantic relationships. His second line of research focuses on how narcissistic attributes impact the development of relationships and how such attributes affect important relationship outcomes in ongoing relationships. His nominator remarked, "Dr. Ackerman makes one really think deeply about issues and he is open to multiple viewpoints."