Area citizens receive Viola Parker Diversity awards for service to the community
A celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held today at Mitchell Community College. Jennifer Pharr Davis, president and CEO of Jennifer P. Davis & Associates, LLC, a certified diversity consultant, motivational speaker, and co-author of three books was the guest speaker. The program included musical performances by Michael Brooks and Derone McNeill.
The annual presentation of the 18th annual Viola Kimbrough-Parker Diversity Awards was made during the program. The awards recognize a Mitchell student, a Mitchell employee and a community member who have made a difference in promoting diversity in Iredell County. Kimbrough-Parker was a former long-time college employee who contributed to the spread of diversity at Mitchell.
Na’iesha Peet received the Student Award. Peet is studying to become a Dental Hygienist and a Certified Nursing Assistant. In the classroom, she is known for her humor and lively contributions. She has persevered in spite of some personal challenges that may have caused other students to quit school. She has demonstrated determination, leadership skills and a commitment to helping others.
Michael Brooks received the Employee Award. Brooks has worked at Mitchell for five years and currently serves as the director of Early College programs. He is recognized for promoting the principles of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. Brooks serves as leader for a new student initiative, the Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE), a group that provides a supportive environment for all students with consideration for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.
Julia Wilson received the Community Award. Wilson is known for generously giving her time to make things better for our community. She was instrumental in building the new Boys and Girls Club and has served on their Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2006. Wilson is president of Rotary Club of Statesville and past president of the Iredell Museums. She serves on the United Way board of directors and the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her community involvement, Wilson is a licensed architect who works for G.L. Wilson Building Company in Statesville.
During the program, the College’s Diversity Task Force gave special recognition to Dr. Douglas Eason, president of Mitchell, for leadership in promoting diversity on campus and in the community.
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