2017 Difference of One Award Recipients
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 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.