Leos Earns 2014 Staff Diversity Recognition Award

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

During annual ceremonies on April 15, Penn State's Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) awarded the 2014 Staff Diversity Recognition Award to academic adviser Diane Leos in recognition of her longstanding advocacy of student success and selfless contributions to Penn State's programming for diverse student populations.

Leos, a senior undergraduate studies adviser in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), was specifically honored for continuously reaching out to students of all backgrounds, encouraging thoughtful discussion, and skillfully guiding them toward helpful resources to inform their decisions.

According to her nominators, Leos has long helped students of diverse backgrounds and goals "take full advantage of Penn State's opportunities." Her passion for "working with students from underrepresented populations," teaching them to "make connections between strengths, interests, and areas of study," and spotlighting their accomplishments has set her apart as a model of student advocacy and support.

As a senior undergraduate studies adviser, Leos was particularly credited for forging strong partnerships between DUS and the Comprehensive Studies and College Assistance Migrant programs and for consistently volunteering to participate in special multicultural educational programming. In addition, she has selflessly served as a mentor to numerous underrepresented students who benefited from her professional insight and personal empathy and who have remained in contact with her throughout their undergraduate years and beyond.

Moses Davis, Penn State's director of the Multicultural Resource Center, presented this year's Diversity Recognition awards to staff and faculty members who promoted multiculturalism and demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of students, as well as to selected students who demonstrated leadership and academic excellence. Details about the annual awards are available at http://equity.psu.edu/mrc/awards.