2018 Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée

Each year the ODCE recognizes the contributions of UT Dallas faculty, staff, students, and community partners who advance the UT Dallas diversity mission, goals and programs. The Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée was established nine years ago to celebrate and highlight how diversity enables and empowers our community to reach the highest levels of excellence. The program is an extraordinary display of the accomplishments of champions of diversity and attended by more than 250 students, faculty, staff, corporations and community partners.

This year’s host for the event is Cleo Greene, a news reporter and weekend morning anchor of WFAA News 8 Daybreak.Greene began her career as a feature reporter in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Her career has also taken her to Georgia, Maryland and Minneapolis. Born on the East Coast as the child of parents from Jamaica and Guyana, she spent her summers with her Jamaican grandparents raising a pet goat called Ishboo. As a military brat, her travels also took her to faraway locales such as Japan.

A graduate of Rowan University, Greene is determined to break barriers within the broadcast industry. Focused on her spiritual growth and her position as a role model, she views health and wellness as two incredibly important elements in her life. In fact, her father introduced her to long-distance running and she has grown from running short distances to training for marathons.

When asked about her current position at WFAA, Greene says: “WFAA is a legacy station and it has evolved to reach every generation. The newsroom is full of smart, innovative and dynamic people who strive to think outside of the box. I appreciate that there is a focus to heighten social media engagement. More importantly, WFAA is full of different ages, races and cultures, which makes me feel excited to be a part of the team.”

Other features of the event included special award presentations, live performances by Rachel Dupard, and the winners of Diversity Poetry Competition Showcase. The soirée featured food from various cultural regions of the world (catered by Chartwells Catering). Soiree entertainment included the UT Dallas Bangladesh Student Association Dancers, Dancing 4 My Life Dance Company, The Jazz Engineers, and Mariachi Caporales Dallas.

2018 Diversity Award Ceremony

2018 Diversity Awards Recipients

Alireza Nourani-Dargiri
Student Diversity Award
Alireza Nourani-Dargiri
Barbara Boyd
Staff Diversity Award
Barbara Boyd, Enrollment Services Advisor
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Engagement Teaching Award
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
Danny Dunn
Diversity Slam Poetry Competition 1st Place Winner
Danny Dunn
The National Society of  Black Engineers (NSBE)
Student Organization Diversity Award
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Dr. Raj P. Seekri
Community Champion of Diversity Award
Dr. Raj P. Seekri
Fluor
Corporate Diversity Award
Fluor