Difference of One Award

Presented by the Dean of Students Office SafeCats program, this award was created to recognize the difference that one person can make in the life of another and is awarded to UA students, staff and faculty.

2017 Difference of One Award Recipients
Jamie Utt
Jamie UttJamie Utt is the student recipient of the Difference of One Award for 2017. Jamie started with the Women's Resource Center (WRC) in August 2015, upon returning to graduate school for his PhD, and immediately began building bridges with Fraternity and Sorority Programs. By the Spring of 2016, Jamie and Fraternity and Sorority Programs had arranged for all Greek organizations to participate in his "Turn Down for What? Building Sex Positive Party Culture" program. That first semester, 73% of sorority members and 68% of fraternity members participated in this pilot sexual assault prevention program; Jamie had reached a total of 3,407 students!
Jamie has been a crucial part of reaching Greek Life on our campus, helping them to make positive change and lasting impact when it comes to sexual assault prevention. He goes above and beyond the job description of a Graduate Assistant, offering his time, energy, and expertise in the service of our university and our students. He may be only one person, but he is directly impacting thousands of students.


Cheree Meeks
Cheree MeeksCheree Meeks is the faculty/staff recipient of the Different of One Award for 2017. Cheree was asked to participate on a panel surrounding the novel Citizen, the Honors College common reading, and the themes therein In the absence of a permanent director of African American Student Affairs at the time, Cheree was called upon to represent the voice of the often marginalized, frequently underrepresented and almost-always forgotten black perspective. She was quick to note that she does not represent all black students, staff, faculty or people in general but offered a nuanced and measured perspective in a mostly one-sided panel discussion.  Cheree's presence in the Honors College is important because her intervention is not a singular event but rather a matter of professional practice: she stands up for the quieter voices and is not afraid to make those in power (or privilege) uncomfortable in the effort of making a space safer for the othered/minoritized identities present.