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"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads are equal in value no matter what their color.” - Maya Angelou

Featured DEI Awards and Recognition for PPCC during the 2020 -2021Academic Year

2021 PPCC DEI Award Recipients:

  • Student of the Year:

           -Acela Rubi Carrasco, Global Village Student Ambassador 

           -Nikki Larzo, Student Government Association President and
            Black Student Union member 

  • Colorado Community College System Student Excellence Award:
    Inclusive Excellence Champion - Fran Velasquez, 
    Multicultural Student Union Leader and Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Recipient, Administrative Assistant,     
    Office of the President

  • Faculty/Instructor of the Year- Gloria Nikolai, 
    Sociology Professor and Sociology of Diversity Instructor  

  • Staff Member of the Year - Ashlee Dutton,
    Manager of Development and Leadership Advancement, Human Resource Services and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Digital Badge Creator  

  • Outstanding Community Leader - Rocky Mountain Women's Film

Distinguished Service:

  • Keith Barnes, inaugural Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and founding member of the Colorado Community College System Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Carlton Brooks, Executive Director of Human Resource Services,
    Title IX, Title VII, and ADA Officer, past Co-Chair, Diversity Team
  • Anthony Chavez, Administrative Assistant III, Division of Business, 
    Public Service, and Social Science (BPS)
  • Michael Couillard, Director, Federal TRIO Student Support Services
  • Patricia Diawara, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Nancy Martinez, Resource and Finance Manager, Enrollment Services and Student Life professional, past Diversity Team member
  • Reginald McKnight, PPCC Alumnus, Professor of English, University of Georgia, PEN/Hemingway Special Citation, Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, Whiting Award, Drue Heinz Literature Prize and a fellowship from the  National Endowment for the Arts

2020 PPCC DEI Award Recipients:

  • Student of the Year – Mario Rivera Garcia, Latinx Student Union Student Leader
  • Colorado Community College System Student Excellence Award: Inclusive Excellence Champion – Tiara Reid, Black Student Union President and Co-Chairperson for the Real Talk Women's Forum
  • Faculty/Instructor of the Year – Karen Summerson, Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Professional Development Workshops, New Faculty Academy), Faculty Leader for the USC Center for Urban Education Equity Project
  • Staff Member of the Year – Yuri Grijalva-Perry, Bilingual Spanish Admissions and Recruitment Specialist
  • Outstanding Community Leader – Carmen Abeyta, Co-Chairperson for El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. and the Colorado Springs Latino Community Luncheon

       Distinguished Service: 

  • Yolanda Avila, PPCC Alumnus, Colorado Springs City Council Woman for District 4 (awarded in October 2019) 
  • Belenda Cornelius, Admissions and Recruitment Specialist, Ethnic Student Enrichment Program
  • Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, PPCC Instructor, Faculty, Dean, and Associate Vice President, Developmental Education
  • Jessie Pocock, PPCC Alumnus, Executive Director for the Colorado Springs Inside Out Youth Services and former Vice Chairperson for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission
  • Ron Shields, Retired Program Manager for Military and Veterans Programs

2019 PPCC DEI Award Recipients:

  • Student of the Year - Chelsea Barrett, Black Student Union President
  • Staff Member of the Year - Michael Reyes, Federal TRiO Student Support Services Transition Specialist
  • Faculty of the Year - Dr. Dennis Natali, Business Professor 
  • Outstanding Community Leader - The Honorable Regina Walter,
    Retired Colorado Fourth Judicial District Judge and founder of both the Educating Children of Color Summit and Diversity University  

      Distinguished Service -

  • Ron Stallworth, aka the BlakKklansman, PPCC Alumnus, retired law enforcement officer and author of the book, "Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime (2014)" (awarded in September 2018)
  • Joe Garcia, Esq., past PPCC President and current Colorado Community College System Chancellor (awarded in September 2018)
  • Dr. Lance Bolton, current PPCC President 
  • Rieko McAdams, retiring Japanese Professor
  • Donnettee Patterson, retiring American Sign Language Faculty 

2018 PPCC DEI Award Recipients:

  • Student of the Year - Dulce Estrada Gomez (PPCC Student)

  • Staff Member of the Year - Konrad Schlarbaum,
    Coordinator of Sustainability, Student Life 

  • Faculty of the Year - Sarah Shaver, Theater Faculty

  • Outstanding Community Leader - 
    Alana Mitchell (PPCC Student)

  • Distinguished Service - Dr. Regina Lewis,
    Chair and Professor, Communication Department 

2017 PPCC DEI Award Recipients:

  • Student of the Year - Nzallah Whong, Global Village Facilitator

  • Staff Member of the Year - Kristina Charfauros, Administrative Assistant & Events Coordinator, Student Life

  • DEI Faculty of the Year - Katherine Sturdevant, Professor, History