School Of Pharmacy PY4 Receives Spirit Of Diversity Award

ChenUnmatched passion. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The drive to lead and never stop looking forward.

Six Duquesne students were honored for these reasons and more at the virtual Spirit of Diversity event in April 2021.

Attended by more than 100 guests, the awards ceremony honored outstanding student leaders who exemplify the belief that equity and opportunity begin at home. Hill Harper, humanitarian, best-selling author and award-winning actor currently starring on ABC's TV drama, The Good Doctor, served as keynote speaker.

Selecting these award winners? It was no easy task.

"Each brings a level of passion that is unmatched," said Dr. Anthony Kane, director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion (formerly the Office of Diversity and Inclusion), which sponsors the awards.

The award winners have lived the University's mission: They've become trusted partners and invested the time and energy that authentic collaboration demands-all in an effort to create a more diverse and inclusive campus community. 

"Each of these students has contributed something to the office that has helped us move forward towards becoming a center–whether it's their outreach to peers and colleagues, advocating for social justice and equity in their classrooms, or just having sit-down conversations with administrators and University partners to describe and outline how DU could become a more inclusive campus environment," says Kane.

Sixth-year pharmacy student and award winner Joseph Chen of Westfield, N.J., has been a director for the preorientation program and served on the executive boards of Asian Students Association and Duquesne's NAACP chapter.

"I've always wanted to start a bigger outreach program with Duquesne students who may not be aware of internalized racism, misogyny or homophobia," he said. "I wanted to teach people about these subjects in a way that is more from a place of understanding than a place of lecturing."

In addition to creating a safe, comfortable space for students on campus, Chen has stepped up to the front lines during the pandemic, volunteering in local neighborhoods to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

"These award winners are special because they're wellrounded students inside and outside the classroom," Amber Satterwhite, administrative assistant at the Center, said. "Whenever we ask them for anything, they're there. And they excel in their student groups and academics."

For Kane, it's an honor to work closely with student leaders and to see them realize their potential.

"They've stood the test of time and have been consistent in their efforts. They will continue to be involved as they graduate and become excellent alumni," he said

Check out a video featuring Chen and the other Spirit of Diversity Award Winners:

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