Date: September 15, 2006
Department: Equal Opportunity / Diversity & Outreach
The Drum Major Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions toward realizing Dr. King's dream of equality, social justice, and peace. In one of his more famous sermons, Dr. King said, "...say that I was a drum major for justice...for peace...for righteousness."
The Drum Major Award will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on February 2, 2007. It was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of both campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King's dream alive.
In 2006, Dr. William Hogan, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Dr. Jibreel Khazan, Resident Counselor, Comprehensive Mental Health System; and Dr. John Sbrega, President, Bristol Community College, were selected to receive the University's third Drum Major Awards. In 2005, Yvonne Drayton, Campaign Director of the YWCA; and Jeanne Leffers, Associate Professor, Director of Community Nursing; received the award.
Awardees will designate a charitable organization of their choice, to which a check of $1,000 will be given in their name.
"Our community is fortunate to include many people who personify King's values and dreams," said Chancellor MacCormack. "We urge people to nominate individuals who work diligently in the areas that were so important to Dr. King."
Nominees for the Drum Major Award should have demonstrated significant or compelling accomplishments in one or several of the following areas:
* Promotion and advancement of mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity.
* Promotion and advancement of the recruitment, hiring, and/or admission to professional organizations of underrepresented ethnic groups.
* Promotion and advancement of the retention and career mentoring of underrepresented ethnic groups.
* Assistance in ensuring equal opportunity and career advancement options for underrepresented ethnic groups.
* Encouraging the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in public service, campus committees, activities, or events.
* Design and implementation of programs, curricula materials and/or courses that inspire mutual respect, understanding, and sensitivity for persons of diverse backgrounds.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be held in February due to the late beginning of the spring semester. The Drum Major Award and Breakfast provides an annual opportunity for the community to focus on the visions and ideals of Dr. King and to share those values with each other.
"In these times of incivility, intolerance and insensitivity, it is more important than ever that we keep Dr. King's dreams of equality and social justice at the forefront of our society," added Assistant Chancellor George Smith.