2016 Difference of One Award Recipients
Both young men assisted in the same situation, independently of the other. Many have seen the campus preachers come through town on a regular basis and often upset students in the process. This past February one student in particular was in clear emotional distress after interacting with the preachers. Numerous staff members talked to this student in distress, and Roger offered to walk around with him, calm him down, and remove him from the presence of the preachers. Aaron then approached UA staff and said he recognized the student from his next class, and made sure the student got to class safely.
These young men showed kindness and friendship to a person they did not know personally. The world would be much better place if we acted more like them. They are men of action, not passive bystanders.
Both young men received $250 from the Panhellenic Council which established the Wilson Forrester Scholarship Fund in 2011 to recognize students who “step up” to make a difference for others.
Jen Hoefle Olson
Jen Hoefle Olsen is the staff recipient of the Difference of One Award for 2016.
Jen is the Director of LGBTQ Affairs here at The University of Arizona. Jen's passion for promoting inclusion, understanding, and appreciation of diversity has made a huge impact on our UA campus. Numerous students that Jen has interacted with and mentored nominated her because of the difference she has made in their lives. They described her as, "a tremendous leader on campus, as she works on policy changes, such as the Preferred Name Policy, as well as outreach efforts through Safe Zone that people may not know about but that create ripples that go out and affect the campus as a whole." Students have also credited her care, compassion, and leadership as reasons they are not only still at UA, but also still alive. Jen's support of student development, and the way that she goes above and beyond to continuously push everyone and institutions to be better is proof that one person can make a real difference.