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Tanya Whitlow Receives Social Justice Award

Posted on: February 7, 2013

The African-American Faculty and Staff Association at UC Davis presented the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award to Tanya Whitlow, a student affairs officer in the Dean's Office of the College of Engineering. The inaugural award was presented to Whitlow at the association's January 16 luncheon, presented at the Student Community Center.

Whitlow was recognized for her longtime support of underrepresented students at UC Davis, through her previous role as retention coordinator and interim director of the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program at the College of Engineering. Most recently, Whitlow has been named retention officer of the new Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention (LEADR) Student Center at UC Davis. Whitlow has worked at the College of Engineering since 1994, and previously worked for Success Through Collaboration, MESA's American Indian Program. Whitlow earned a B.A. in psychology at UC Davis and an M.A. in higher education leadership from Sacramento State.

"Tanya is an exemplary citizen of our campus," said Raynell Hamilton, program coordinator at the Undergraduate Research Center at UC Davis, and chair of the African-American Faculty and Staff Association. "Engineering is a very demanding major, for students from any background. It can be even more challenging for students from less privileged families, or students from underrepresented groups. Tanya has been an instrumental contributor to the success of hundreds of students, through her support and advocacy. Her efforts to attract and retain diverse students to UC Davis have made a critical difference to our university."

Dr. Rahim Reed, associate executive vice chancellor for Campus Community Relations, who was also an awardee at this year’s event, gave a speech on his educational journey and his reasons for being an advocate for social justice issues.