The CECH Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Josie Evans-Phillips, has been selected as the 2016 Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award staff recipient. She is a co-chair of the CECH Dean’s Diversity Board whose initiatives have included the first annual International Day of Giving Thanks, the second annual CECH Diversity Research Day, and several professional development sessions – one of which was with Make It Plain consulting. Evans-Phillips also serves as the Diversity and Inclusion representative for CECH with Dr. Bleuzette Marshall, sponsors the CECH Triple Play Mentoring program, serves as a committee member of Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) through the Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling, has served on the President’s Diversity Recruitment Committee, serves as the college representative for the UC Scholars Academy, supports and has created recruitment and retention efforts for under-represented students in CECH, and more.
When asked about this award, Evans-Phillips stated, “Receiving this award means a lot to me – I am both humbled and honored. Humbled to be recognized as a Diversity Ambassador connected with the name of Dr. Marian Spencer who at 95 years old is still a champion for freedom while being a model of grace. With a gentle smile, she tells us to ‘keep on fighting for the freedoms of all.’” Evans-Philips is also honored that Dean Johnson, Ric Stackpole, and other leadership in CECH supported and recognized her efforts. “I would be remiss if I did not thank the Diversity Board and other supporters both within the College and UC family who join me in this work. I accept this award in memory of Everette Howard, Jr.”