Award Recipients 2014
2014 Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award Recipients
Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award – Program
Winner: Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry
The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry was created less than three years ago under the Office of the Vice President of Research to enhance intellectual diversity through supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative research. The center encourages diverse perspectives, and broadens representations of ideas and voices within the academy by supporting a wide variety of faculty and graduate projects, while creating an environment for them to break out of traditional academic silos. Their community engagement efforts have extended visibility, communication and education in publics on and off campus through programs such as Creative Collaborations, Show & Tell @ Playground and the Latina/o Author Auditorium at the Tucson Festival of Books.
Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award – Staff
Winner: Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM) Recruitment and Retention Team
The efforts of the SAEM recruitment and retention teams exemplify the essence of inclusive excellence. They strive to recruit and retain an excellent and diverse student body; foster equality of opportunity on our campus; bring diverse perspectives to our community; and create a welcoming and supportive campus climate for all students to achieve success at the UA. Through innovative and strategic initiatives these teams have set recruitment and retention milestones in the past year. Our fall 2013 entering class of minority students is the highest ever at 41.7 percent, which is up 57 percent from 10 years ago. Additionally, the freshman-to-sophomore retention from the 2012 class of minority students reached a record high of 81 percent with increases in all ethnic groups.
Pictured are Kasey Urquidez, Associate Vice President for SAEM and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, and Jeff Orgera, Senior Assistant Vice President for SAEM.
Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award – Student or Student Organization
Winner: Advocates Coming Together (ACT)
ACT is a student social justice education and advocacy group within the department of Residence Life, and representatives are elected to ACT through their hall councils. ACT’s mission is to “educate students on issues of equity and equality, to have pride in the University of Arizona’s diversity, and to take action to make UA a more inclusive place.” ACT members educate the residential campus community through annual events such as the Stomp It Out series on inclusive language, as well as social justice events for their individual residence halls. They also take responsibility for their own learning by attending weekly ACT meetings and at least two extra social justice workshops/events/forums each semester. ACT is run by three dedicated co-directors each year, and advised by Residence Life’s Coordinator of Social Justice Education.