The Martin Luther King Diversity Awards took place at the CSN Recital Hall on Feb. 27, honoring a number of faculty, administrators and students for their work to promote diversity at CSN.
Among the award recipients for the evening Dr. Thomas Brown was named the Lifetime Achievement Honoree and Anthony L. Gladney, Vice President of National Diversity Relations for Harrah’s Entertainment, received the Community Service Award.
Interim President Michael Richards gives the Life Time Achievement Award to Thomas Brown at the MLK Diversity Awards. Mr. Brown is Senior Advisor to the President and the Chief Campus Administrator of the Cheyenne campus and has been with CSN since its inception in 1971.
Brown has been with CSN since the College was founded in 1971 and currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Campus Administrator on the Cheyenne campus. During the past 37 years, he has served in a number of positions from a CSN instructor to CSN Acting President. He’s played an integral role in the development of the College and the Las Vegas community. He has held such prestigious civic positions as city councilman, mayor pro-tem, a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, North Las Vegas Chamber of Chapter of the Salvation Army and a member and board member of the Urban chamber of Commerce for a number of years.
“I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of students pass through these doors and I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of faculty,” Brown said. “I really find the College has done me a favor rather than the other way around.”
Gladney is currently responsible for assisting with the implementation of the diversity initiative of Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. He is also chief liaison officer for the company’s strategic partner relations locally, regionally and nationally.
Students from The View student group, which promotes cultural awareness, receive the Organization Excellence Award at the MLK Diversity Awards in February.
A former player and team captain for the San Francisco 49ers, Gladney is a University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate and served as one of the youngest administrators in the country while working as director of multicultural student affairs for UNLV.
“This gentleman has the ability to organize and commute the community,” said Larry Mason, Interim Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, who presented Gladney with the award.
Gladney told the audience of about 60 people he was humbled and honored.
Many other college students and staff were recognized at the event for their commitment to diversity.
Student Government Secretary, RaQuan Snead, received the award for student excellence for his many commitments to the community, in spite of his incredibly busy lifestyle.
“He manages to maintain a high level of excellence while working full time on the graveyard shift, living on his own and taking five classes,” said Student Body President Taylor Gray, who presented him with the award.
CSN student Victoria Pate also received an award for student excellence. Pate is an extraordinarily busy student involved in a number of student activities, including The View, which received the Organization Excellence Award that night. The View is a cultural awareness group started and run by students. Pate has also participated in campus food drives, poetry slams and is head of the Black Student Association.
Dr. Carlos Campo, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, was recognized at the event with the Administrator Excellence Award for his coordination of many events, including his work to create the Future College Student Day and the Black Book Bonanza. The Future College Student Day allows elementary school students to attend CSN “mini” sessions and the program is designed to acclimate students at a young age toward the idea of a college education.
Jan Kramer also received the Staff Excellence Award for her work as a Director of Health Sciences. She has worked on the Faculty Cultural Awareness Project, which helps to familiarize nursing faculty with many of the cultural backgrounds of our diverse student body and faculty. She has also been involved with the cultural immersion of faculty and students in collaboration with Universidad Autonomo de Guadalajara (UAG.) This program exposes a cohort of CSN students to the practices, health care arena and language in a medical setting in Guadalajara.
Dr. Earnest N. Bracey received the Faculty Excellence Award. Dr. Bracey attended the Oxford Round Table, regarding Diversity in Oxford, England, in 2005. His publications in professional journals include “Dominant Cultures and Indigenous Populations” and “The Peoples of Las Vegas: One City, Many Faces.” He was also the founding member of the National Campaign for Tolerance in 2002.
Dr. Arnold C. Lyerly was also a recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award. Dr. Lyerly teaches in the Criminal Justice and Human Services programs. During the last 35 years his efforts in the area of education and training have brought him into contact with approximately 25,000 people. And he has served as department chair for Public Safety and Human Services, a member of the Faculty Senate and president of the senate.
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