CONFERS CATHERINE YONKER AWARD
Throughout his three years
as a Trinity student, Myron Graham has played a significant role in raising
awareness of cultural acceptance on campus. The College's ethnic diversity
committee acknowledged his efforts by presenting to him the Catherine Yonker
"Myron has been instrumental
in helping the College take a closer look at race relations and cultural
understanding," said Brad Breems, chairman of the committee. "His leadership
is clearly visible to students, faculty, and staff alike, and they respect
him for his contributions."
Graham, a senior majoring
in social work, is president of the Organization of African American Unity.
The Chicago native has been active in mentoring, leadership conferences,
and community forums to keep issues of cultural sensitivity on the forefront.
He encouraged many of Trinity's minority students to run for government
offices and residential staff positions as well as supporting the formation
of the Asian American Alliance.
"This award is a standard
of excellence and the pinnacle of the goals I've set for myself," Graham
said. "I wanted to see more minority students involved on campus, and all
the things we did this year were geared toward building Christ-like leaders."
The Catherine Yonker Award,
named for a former Trinity employee who demonstrated a passion for unity
and diversity, is given each year to a person who promotes Christian race
relations and cross-cultural understanding. A total of 10 names were nominated,
and Breems acknowledged that "the fact we can give only one award does
not diminish the quality of the work of (the) other nominees."
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