Colorado State University’s tenth annual Minority Distinguished Service Awards luncheon today (April 14) honored outstanding contributions to the enhancement of diversity and the campus community.
The ceremony, held in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom, presented three Colorado State individuals with Minority Distinguished Service awards for their efforts. Award recipients represented the academic faculty, administrative professionals and state classified staff. Award winners included Patricia M. Vigil, psychologist in the University Counseling Center; Philip N. Omi, professor in forest sciences; and Warren Santistevan, staff member in facilities management. Winners were nominated by their peers and selected by the Minority Distinguished Service award committee.
In addition, Eric Yoichi Shibuya, a graduate student in political science, received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award. The award is given to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in academics and the advancement of minority education.
Maria Guajardo Lucero, director for Assets for Colorado Youth, presented the keynote address, titled "Changing America’s Tapestry: Will You Lead or Follow?" Lucero is the former executive director of LARASA.