Colorado State University will recognize four individuals for their outstanding contributions to multicultural understanding and awareness at the 12th Annual Minority Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon. The deputy attorney general of Colorado will keynote the event April 12.
Hosted by the Colorado State Minority and Staff Caucus, the event signifies the university’s commitment to diversity in students, faculty and staff. Karen S. Howard, Deputy Attorney General of Colorado, will speak on education during the keynote address. Colorado State President Albert C. Yates also will speak at the event.
The four individuals who will be recognized at the luncheon are Linda Ahuna, director of Asian/ Pacific American Student Services; M. Nazmu Karim, professor of chemical and bioresource engineering; Bert Barela, Facilities Management; and Ruth Louise Raby, recipient of the 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.
The Martin Luther King award is given to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in academics and in the advancement of minority education. Over the years, the award, which was inspired by King’s philosophy of justice, peace and human dignity, has provided small supplemental and emergency grants to more than 70 graduate students. In 1996, an endowment fund was established, and scholarship recipients now are fully supported for one year of graduate study, with stipends of $9,000 and graduate school tuition for an entire academic year.