OAAU SALUTES BREEMS FOR
Since coming to Trinity in
1988, Dr. Brad Breems has been an advocate for the College's progress toward
diversity. The Organization of African-American Unity paid tribute to his
work for the past 15 years at a recent chapel.
Myron Graham, president of
OAAU, presented a plaque to Breems Wednesday, October 15, in appreciation
of the support, advice, and encouragement the sociology chair has provided
for hundreds of minority students at Trinity over the years.
"He's been a mentor and a
friend for me as well as a number of other students," said Graham, a senior
from Chicago who majors in social work. "The work he has done to help make
this campus become more diverse is underappreciated. We wanted to let him
know that we are grateful for everything he's done."
Breems helped draft Trinity's
ethnic diversity plan and has been a catalyst in implementing tangible
changes to achieve that goal. He also contributed to the formation of the
OAAU and once served as its adviser. He is in his third year as chair of
the ethnic diversity committee.
"Reconciliation among people
across social divisions, ethnic groups, and different classes was central
to Christ's ministry," Breems said. "It should not be a tangent in our
lives either. The whole College suffers when it does not reflect the world's
diversity and prospers when it does.
"OAAU is perhaps the most
active student group on campus. Each year, it leads several chapel services,
hosts a soul food dinner, sponsors poetry reading, visits churches, and
supports other multicultural groups on campus. I am deeply grateful for
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