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Sydney Ezell Receives Diversity Award

January 28, 2011
The University of Wyoming recently honored Sydney Ezell for her significant contributions to promote diversity awareness.

Sydney Ezell of Cheyenne, a University of Wyoming kinesiology and health promotion senior, received the 2011 Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award.

"The award, created by the UW Martin Luther King Jr. March and Days of Dialogue steering committee, recognizes a student who has made significant contributions to increase awareness of diversity and the richness it brings to the UW community," award coordinator John Nutter says. "Stanford, a former committee member, had a strong commitment to the education of all students and made significant contributions to diversity at UW."

According to one of Ezell's nominators, "She strives every single day to expose others to diversity. She invites people to programs and shares her experience as a young African American woman growing up in Wyoming."

Another notes, "What is most striking to me is Sydney's genuine interest in and curiosity about all cultures, which would seem to me to be the true aim of diversity education-understanding and respect. Sydney truly lives in a way that values the many different cultures and beliefs within our university community."

Ezell is a past president of the Associated Black Student Leaders and a member of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanos de Atzlan.  For many years, she has been involved in the federal Upward Bound program, serving this past year as a supervisor. She is an employee for the Technical Services Department of the University Libraries.

"While she does contribute to diversity through her many co-curricular activities, she also contributes to diversity by providing a positive example to others in her work and in her studies by doing exceptionally well in these areas," a nominator observed.

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