Six Metropolitan State University staff members were nominated for the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Professional Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes the key role that Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) play in providing outstanding service to our state universities and to the Minnesota State system. This is the award’s third year.
Metropolitan State University has been awarded the Minnesota State system’s Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Best Practices in Equity and Inclusion Award for the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR). This is a very competitive process because of the legacy of quality work that has been carried out on issues of inclusion and equity across the university’s system over the years.
“I want to extend my congratulations to the many colleagues who have worked to put this curricular innovation in place,” says President Virginia Arthur. “Among them are Prof. Paul Spies, chair of the RIGR Task Force, and his former co-chair, Prof. Daniel Abebe; the RIGR review committee; and Prof. Valerie Geaither and Jill Beaulieu Wilkie, co-chairs of the Anti-Racism Leadership Team (ARLT).”
The selection committee noted that an important factor in Metropolitan State receiving the award is the foundational work of the ARLT leading to implementation of the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement, as well as the ongoing work of the RIGR Task Force.
Metropolitan State’s award will be conferred at an award reception during the upcoming annual conference of the Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion. Representatives from the university’s senior leadership team, the faculty and staff will attend to represent the Metropolitan State.
This is a well-deserved public recognition, in which all the contributors should take great pride. It also serves to elevate simultaneously the campus-wide commitment to equity, inclusion, and the quality and relevance of Metropolitan State’s academic programs. The beneficiaries are students, who will learn from the history, issues and values opened up by these courses.
Jill Beaulieu-Wilkie, academic advisor, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award. The Diversity Council presented the award to Beaulieu-Wilkie at the annual Employee Awards event on April 14.
The honor is given to an employee that respects and values diversity, addresses Metropolitan State’s vision of an anti-racist learning community, promotes cross-cultural awareness within the institution’s culture and raises awareness and cultivates an environment where oppressive practices against any group are not tolerated.
Beaulieu-Wilkie has demonstrated her commitment to these principles through her work as an academic advisor and as chair of the Anti-Racism Leadership Team. She is recognized for her leadership, support and mentorship of students and colleagues on a daily basis.