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Student Affairs staff recognized for commitment to leadership and diversity

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Student Affairs staff members Bonifacia "Bonnie" St George and Laura Briscoe were recently among those recognized for workplace excellence by the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.

St George, an employee of University Health Services (UHS), was honored with an Achieving Women Award by the Penn State Commission for Women. 

The award recognizes seven Penn State women who have shown notable leadership and accomplishment in their fields and have gone above and beyond to support the University's diversity efforts, help promote equal opportunities, or contribute to human causes and public service activities.

As a staff member of UHS, St George demonstrates exemplary customer service within the pharmacy and serves as a mentor among her peers. She is cited for her outstanding stewardship and professionalism in the workplace. 

She is also actively involved in the local Filipino American community and works to provide outreach opportunities to students who wish to make connections at the University through the Penn State Filipino Association.

St George was formally recognized with the Achieving Women Award during the Commission for Women’s annual Award Luncheon at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center April 13.

Laura Briscoe, a psychologist with Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), was awarded the Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award by the Penn State Multicultural Resource Center. 

The award recognizes a full-time Penn State employee who has consistently promoted multiculturalism and demonstrated concern for, and sensitivity to, the needs of multicultural students that goes above and beyond their job responsibilities.

At Penn State, Briscoe demonstrates unwavering support and advocacy for providing mental health services to students of color.

She formed and currently co-facilitates the Woman of Color Empowerment Group, a collaborative effort with the Multicultural Resource Center that provides women of color a supportive space to explore and empower their identity and engage in encouraging dialoged to promote academic excellence and relationship building. 

She also works as a liaison with the Paul Robeson Culture Center to support Penn State staff and students and demystify the stigma surrounding mental health services. She serves as Diversity and Inclusion Co-Coordinator within CAPS and serves on CAPS Purple Team, a group committed to supporting students who have experienced relationship violence.

Briscoe was honored with the Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award at the Multicultural Resource Center’s 27th Annual Senior Award Diversity Recognition Reception held April 4 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park.

Last Updated September 23, 2020