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Vice President Wilson Receives 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award

Vice President Victor K. Wilson with Students


February 16, 2017

Victor K. Wilson, vice president for Student Affairs, received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. Vice President Wilson will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. 

"Our students bring a myriad of perspectives and contributions that distinguish the University," Wilson said. "It’s incumbent on Student Affairs to be a leader on campus in welcoming this diversity and to applaud our students for making our community dynamic and impactful." 

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.

"Vice President Wilson is the embodiment of the University’s commitment to diversity and our efforts to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone," said Michelle Cook, associate provost and chief diversity officer for the University. "Student Affairs is a leader on our campus in promoting these values of diversity and inclusion throughout the university community.”

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to ‘give back’ to others,” says Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

Other recipients of the 2017 Giving Back Award include:

Sefa Aina, Pomona College Philip S. Bailey, PhD, California Polytechnic State University
Andra Basu, PhD, MEd, Lehigh Carbon Community College
Venessa A. Brown, PhD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Marc Burnett, Tennessee Technological University
Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Kathryn B. Chval, PhD, University of Missouri
Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, EdS, Stetson University
Daryll Coleman, PhD, Lane College
Deborah Deas, MD, University of California, Riverside
Gail DePuy, PhD, University of Louisville
William E. Easterling, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
Nitza Milagros Escalera, JD, EdM, Fordham University
Greer Glazer, RN, PhD, CNP, FAAN, University of Cincinnati
Natalie Gibson, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Craig Hillemeier, MD, Penn State Health
Lisa Kirtman, PhD, California State University, Fullerton
Paul L. Koch, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ming Li, EdD, Western Michigan University
Elizabeth G. Loboa, PhD, University of Missouri
Linda Logan, PhD, Olivet College
Patrice Gouveia Marks, PhD, Raritan Valley Community College
Shane P. Martin, PhD, Loyola Marymount University
Maureen A. O'Rourke, JD, Boston University
Rafael Ortega, MD, Boston University
Tonantzin Oseguera, EdD, California State University, Fullerton
Jennifer Rosato Perea, JD, DePaul University
Clyde Wilson Pickett, MEd, Community College of Allegheny County
Yasmin S. Purohit, PhD, Robert Morris University
Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, SUNY Geneseo
Paula T. Silver, PhD, Widener University
William Silver, PhD, Sonoma State University
Kelli Sinclair, Waubonsee Community College
Christina Swaidan, EdD, MEd, Westfield State University
Charles Taber, PhD, Stony Brook University
David E. Thomas, EdD, MEd, Community College of Philadelphia
Gregory Townsend, MD, University of Virginia
Roberta J. Wilburn, EdD, ThD, Whitworth University

A call for nominations for the Giving Back Award was announced in October 2016. Award recipients include administrators of both community colleges and baccalaureate-granting institutions.

For more information about the 2017 Giving Back Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit