Urban Education professor receives Anti-racism Legacy Award

Paul Spiess
Interim President Devinder Malhotra, left, with Paul Spies

On April 28 at Metropolitan State University’s employee awards event, Paul Spies, School of Urban Education professor, received the 2015 Anti-racism Legacy Award. The award was presented by Nantawan Lewis, professor, College of Arts and Sciences, and last year’s Anti-racism Legacy Award recipient.

Concerning Spies’ anti-racism work, Lewis read, “Paul considers himself a racist because he was and continues to be socialized in a racist society. He rejects racism and has been trying to unlearn it for the past 30 years of his adult life. [Being] selected for this award is a manifestation of that privilege because he understands people of color don’t have a choice to endure and resist racism on a daily basis in small and large ways.”

Spies has worked tirelessly with others to undo racism on campus and elsewhere, and he strives to protect and preserve the wellbeing of everyone so that tragedies, like those that occurred to Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, can be prevented.