Faculty and Staff Recipients

Access and Success

Removing barriers, creating pipelines, retention and development activities, support

Round 1

  • Ali Rafieymehr, ITS Team - K-12/Pre college
  • Ian Mortimer, Enrollment - College
  • Kay Kennedy/Financial Aid Team; Shelley Richardson/Development team - Resources

Round 2

  • Susannah Erickson (K-12, pre college) - nominated by Ali Rafieymehr for her work on the Kids in Technology and Girls in Technology programs and her participation in Intercultural U
  • Kathy Lynn - (College) - nominated by Ian Mortimer and Jim Cross for her dedication to helping international students both get here and succeed after they arrive.

Round 3

  • Carol Moran-Brown - for spearheading the Single Parents program
  • Zach Tanko - for providing a home away from home for students from other countries, Christian affinity group

Round 4

  • Skip Harris - nominated by Carol Moran-Brown for his great work as our Assistant Director, Counseling and accommodation services and for all he does to ensure that all our students have what they need to be successful as Champlain
  • Mike Fife - for spearheading the Mobius mentoring program
    • The great mentors in two new programs launched this year who are giving of their time and energy to ensure that a young person succeeds:
      • ODI mentoring program; Jen Sweeney, Kyle Dodson, Mike Fife, Cheryl Taylor, Joanna Farrell, JoAnn Patel, Benjamin Brandt, Duane Dunston, Zach Tanko, Emily Peters, Chelsea Raftery, Kevin Valentin, Becky Peterson, Luke Lewis, Maggie Melvin, Markel Carter, Rowshan Nemazee, Ashley Mikell, Claire Robinson White, Kevin Braun, Hannah Campbell
      • Mobius Mentors (final list forthcoming)

Round 5

  • Danelle Berube - nominated by Skip Harris for her in residential life. "Danelle works very hard to make sure all students have access to a variety residential programs, she also does amazing work with our student leaders to promote a diverse and inclusive campus"
  • Sandi Earle - nominated by Mike Fife for organizing Iron Chef to support the dream program

Round 6

  • Kristi Jovell - nominated by Danelle Berube for her dedication to understanding each student's individual scenario and working diligently to explore all options that create financial paths of access to Champlain for our students.
  • Felicia Messuri and Bernadette Wagner - nominated by Ellen Zeman. This year, Felicia and Bernadette have started working with disabled students on campus to help ensure their success. It is important that disabled students and employees are fully integrated into the workplace and community, and Felicia and Bernadette set an excellent example for Champlain College. Increasing the visibility of disabled students, workers and neighbors helps us to become more aware of barriers and to create a more inclusive society.
  • Faith Yacubian, Core Division - nominated by Valerie Esposito for being a tireless champion of human rights, diversity and inclusion. Faith exhibits courage and intelligence to push back against the status quo with a strength-based approach, transforming challenge into opportunity to promote growth in students, faculty and staff in the Champlain community and beyond.

Climate and Inter-group Relations

Creating a welcoming and inclusive climate

Round 1

  • Claire Giroux-Williams, Residential Life - for LGBTQA Advocacy
  • Faith Yacubian, Residential Life - for Bias Response and Advocacy
  • Sarah Potter/HR team - for Engagement, Climate

Round 2

  • Rachel Desimone, Bias Response and Advocacy - nominated by Faith Yacubian for her work to minimize bias incidents; her use of the social change model of Leadership in RA training and her infusion of social justice into everything she does
  • Kenny Hirschman, LGBTQA Advocacy- nominated by Claire Giroux-Williams for his work with the LGBTQ affinity group and staff welfare committee

Round 3

  • Elaine Young - for women's events and conversations around gender
  • Jonathan Ferguson - for films and discussions around gender
  • Eric Ronis - for Jewish and LGBTQ Affinity groups engagement; cross-divisional minor; support for student, faculty and staff from multiple identities, scholarship etc. Eric's name came up multiple times for multiple dimensions from multiple people

Round 4

  • Anne Charles - nominated by Eric Ronis for her work in designing a women's course and her institutional advocacy for LGBTQ issues, including her willingness to challenge when needed
  • Rob Barracano - nominated by Adam Rosenblatt, for "The worst thing about coming out" project; in recognition of his using his voice and talent to create awareness, understanding and acceptance

Round 5

  • Toni-Lee Sangastiano - nominated by Ann Charles for "tireless work in support of women's issues"

Round 6

  • Bernie Dee, Sr. Academic Specialist-Registrars Office - nominated by Scott Baker for his unwavering support of students through his role in the Registrar's Office. He is an incredible resource for students throughout their careers here at Champlain, his attention to detail and his advice are always appreciated by students, faculty and staff, and there's no doubt in my mind that his constant and thorough support of students helps provide access and success for them.
  • Maggie Melvin and the team at the Center for Service and Civic Engagement - nominated by Sandi Earle for the mission of serving fresh homemade meals to the Way Station two weeks a month. She works with our team that prepares the meals and delivers them hot and ready to serve.

Education and Scholarship

Global

Round 1

  • Mike Lange - for Global Competencies

Round 2

  • Julian Portilla - nominated Mike Lange for his work on the Faculty Multicultural Affairs committee

Round 3

  • Adam Rosenblatt - for emphasizing that the US is part of the globe and bringing the US to the Global engagement discussions

Round 4

  • Signe Daly - nominated by Diana Agusta in recognition of the way she integrates her international experiences with local experiences and seeks to create connections and parallels between both. Also for her incorporation of this content in her classes and with her involvement in the community
  • Lindsey Godwin - nominated by Zach Tanko for her work on the multicultural committee and engagement with gender, sustainability and other diversity related issues that impact us both here and there

Round 5

  • Marlee Ford - nominated by Rob Barracano, for sharing her mother's experience as a sex trade worker in Korea with Prof. Ford's Human Rights classes."
  • Valerie Esposito - nominated by Lindsey Godwin for "her work leading the Environmental Policy program where she helps students explore issues around globalization, ecological economics and environmental issues that impact us all at a local, national and global level"

Round 6

  • Adam Rosenblatt - nominated by Valerie Esposito for his work to help students become learned global citizens who challenge systems that perpetuate oppression and promote true systems change.
International

Round 1

  • Jim Cross - for International cultural competencies

Round 2

  • Miriam Horne - nominated by Kerry Noonan for creating opportunities for students to do service learning abroad, usually connected to her COR 320 Globalization & Human Rights course. Dr. Horne encourages students to study theories of global interactions and human rights, and then apply those theories to their experiences and encounters when working abroad, in the weeklong class trips she constructs and leads as part of her class.
  • Betsy Beaulieu - nominated by Marlee Ford for having the vision to bring Rula Quawas, a Jordanian feminist and Fulbright Scholar.

Round 3

  • Stephen Robinson - for working to create the best cultural immersion program possible for students who study abroad in Ireland and for faculty and staff who visit

Round 4

  • Noah Goldblatt - nominated by Stephen Robinson. " Noah has been a tireless supporter of Champlain's study abroad programs for several years. Noah is absolutely unique in his dedication to providing the best possible study abroad experience for our students, including advising, program development, problem solving, logistics, and pastoral care. In short, Noah is the man!"

Round 5

  • Scott Baker - nominated by Noah Goldblatt "Scott has constantly shown unwavering support helping to make study abroad opportunities in Montreal, Dublin, and elsewhere a reality for many students. This year, however, Scott has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure the $100,00 Freeman Foundation Grant is utilized to successfully place approximately 15 students in Shanghai-based business internships".
  • Kerry Noonan - nominated by Andy Burkhardt "for her work on the China class and getting students thinking about different cultures and subgroups among the large country of China"

Round 6

  • Miriam Horne - nominated by Kerry Noonan for creating opportunities for students to do service learning abroad, usually connected to her COR 320 Globalization & Human Rights course. Dr. Horne encourages students to study theories of global interactions and human rights, and then apply those theories to their experiences and encounters when working abroad, in the weeklong class trips she constructs and leads as part of her class.
  • Betsy Beaulieu - nominated by Marlee Ford for having the vision to bring Rula Quawas, a Jordananian feminist as a guest lecturer.
United States

Round 1

  • Nicole St. Louis - for US Cultural Competencies

Round 2

  • Kristin Isgro - nominated by Nicole St Louis for her commitment to teaching intercultural communication online

Round 3

  • Frank Robinson - for the many ways he opens the doors in his class and life- the autobiographies, the bias incidents conversations, the great questions he asks

Round 4

  • Andy Burkhardt - nominated by Frank Robinson for his work on the Multicultural Education committee, his interest and growing knowledge in generational diversity, a dedication to his own intercultural growth and learning evidenced, in part, by his participation in the first cohort of Intercultural U and all of the other awesome ways he seeks to create access and engagement through technology in his Assistant Director role at the library

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Leadership

Round 1

  • Dave Finney, President - Leadership and System Changes for Diversity and Inclusion (Introducing the conversation; the diversity task force; Offices of diversity and inclusion and International Education; CORE etc.)
  • Michelle Miller, Provost's office - Assessment and Measurement
  • Everyone who had a role in developing the strategic plan

Round 2

  • Leslie Averill - nominated by Kay Kennedy for being a part of the first Intercultural U cohort and serving on the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Council

Round 3

  • Di Agusta - for the courage to step out of her comfort zone and explore; for the Alumni employee breakfast; for the basketball alumni breakfast, for the women's panel

Round 4

  • Student Government - for making it possible for faculty who want to incorporate their ECHO exhibit into their coursework to send their students free to the exhibit. They purchased 416 tickets.

Round 5

  • David Provost - for both personally engaging in Intercultural U as a senior leader (leading by example) and settings expectations that his staff will do the same. Mirroring a growing national trend of VPFA divisions being strong diversity leaders, 15 members of the VPFA division have either graduated from or are going through Intercultural U right now, all both one in the last 2 cohorts. Impressive!

Round 6

  • Mary Margaret Lee - nominated by David Provost for her leadership in the Human Resources and Organizational Development efforts to support the Diversity and Inclusion Council. In just her first 18 months at Champlain, Mary has demonstrated her commitment and support of this important strategic initiative of the College. Her efforts to fight for and achieve the funding for a Diversity Recruiter for the HROD office has demonstrated her commitment to achieving the Champlain 2020 Strategic Plan.
System changes

Round 2

  • Christine Hutchins - nominated by Sarah Potter for her work on recruitment for diversity and the new search committee guidelines

Round 3

  • Dave Strubler - for efforts with Thunderbird, work on the grow your own faculty program, role on the diversity council, and other initiatives that foster intercultural competence in the DOB and across the campus

Round 4

  • The Academic Leadership team for a host of activities over the last year including;
  1. Making and following through on their commitment to their personal intercultural development by having a large part of the team (Michelle Miller, Dave Strubler, Mika Nash, Lynne Ballard and Jeff Rutenbeck) go through Intercultural U
  2. For the Deans of Business and the CORE offering scholarships to faculty to attend diversity focused conferences in addition to their professional conference (Kudos to Cyndi Brandenburg and Kelly Thomas for taking advantage of the opportunity)
  3. Leadership in curricula enhancements for developing Intercultural competence locally, internationally and globally: IBE, 2nd year of the CORE, new CCM courses etc.
  4. Lots of activities with academic team leaders engaging and supporting- global appreciation outcomes revision, the global studies minor conversations, revamping of Global Modules/Launching of 3rd planet etc

Round 5

  • Ellen Zeman - nominated by Lynne Ballard, on behalf of the provost's office. This could obviously go under Education and Scholarship, but what Ellen Zeman has done with the Intercultural U Facebook page is a system change because it continues and extends the learning from IU; giving us opportunities to continue the conversation and deepen our thinking
  • Intercultural U cohort 2- Graduates: For working hard to think of how to have a campus wide impact post IU. One of their projects Dive into Diversity at Champlain, which started in January, includes a presentation at orientation and a diversity resource list. Another project, Community Mentoring, starts in the fall.
  • Special recognition to the Advancement team for giving up their space during orientation for diversity and inclusion.