Multicultural Resource Center honors those striving for diversity at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) held its 22nd annual Senior Student and Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Awards in Robb Hall on April 10, at the Hintz Alumni Center. Co-sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, this annual recognition reception honors graduating seniors at University Park who have shown leadership, academic excellence, volunteerism, inspiration and resilience in the face of odds as well as faculty/staff who consistently promote multiculturalism and demonstrate concern for and sensitivity to the needs of multicultural students. Additional information about MRC and the Awards Reception can be found at

The 2013 recipients are listed below.

Student Award Recipients:Resilient Student Award: Carla Massena, biological sciences, Eberly College of Science

Leadership Award: Jasmin Enriquez, communication arts and sciences, the College of the Liberal Arts

Volunteer Service Award: Faith Pettyjohn, psychology, the College of the Liberal Arts

Academic Scholarship Award: Tramond Baisden, geosciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Inspiring Student Leader Award: Dulce-Marie Flecha, English, the College of the Liberal Arts

Student Speaker: Helen Xu, psychology, the College of the Liberal Arts

Student Organization Award: Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority

Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award Recipients:Keisha Johnson, assistant director, Eberly College of Science Diversity Initiatives Office, University Park

Olivia Lewis, administrative support coordinator, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, University Park

John Romano Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award Recipient:Greglynn Gibbs, research support technician III, Chemistry Department, Penn State Berks

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) provides professional counseling and educational services for undergraduate multicultural students.  MRC’s staff is dedicated to helping students succeed and graduate from Penn State.

For more information, please contact Elisabeth DeAngelo-Tucker at 814-863-1557 or

Pictured at the Multicultural Resource Center's Senior Student and Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Awards were, front row, from left: Helen Xu, student speaker; Keisha Johnson, Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award; Franyelina Lopez, representing Sigma lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc., Student Organization Award winner; Dulce-Marie Flecha, Inspiring Student Leader Award; and Faith Pettyjohn, Volunteer Service Award; and back row, from left: Tara Scales Williams, MRC Director; Greglynn Gibbs, John Romano Faculty/Staff Recognition Award; Carla Massena, Resilient Student Award; and Tramond Baisden, Academic Scholarship Award.  Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated May 03, 2013