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Dr. Wade Edwards, Associate Professor of French and Jonnelle Davis, Assistant Director for University Center Operations are the recipients of the 2013 Inclusive Excellence Award. This award is presented annually by the Office of Disability Resources. ODR staff members presented Dr. Edwards & Ms. Davis with the award on April 26th, 2013.
The Inclusive Excellence Award recognizes one faculty and staff member that has made significant contributions to the campus community in the area of inclusive design and practice during the academic year.
Dr. Wade Edwards has worked to promote inclusive practices through the program Project Linc (Learning in Inclusive Classrooms). This program has been successful in helping foreign language faculty work with students with disabilities. The faculty member that nominated Dr. Edwards commented that they have benefited from his experience and have a broader understanding of how to create a more inclusive learning environment.
Jonnelle Davis has been proactive in working with her student staff to make the Student Union more accessible and welcoming for all students. Jonnelle has partnered with the Disability Resources to provide student staff with accessibility training and constantly utilizes the office as a resource. The student that nominated Jonnelle commented that she constantly keeps accessibility on her mind, and has worked to make the Student Union more accessible and welcoming.
Lindsay Farrar, Director of Disability Resources commented "Both individuals have been great supporters of Disability Resources and its mission. Our office has had the opportunity to collaborate with these recipients in the past and look forward to continuing those positive partnerships for our students." This is the second year that Disability Resources has presented this award. Dr. Ruth Meese, Professor of Special Education was the first award recipient in 2012.
For more information regarding the Inclusive Excellence Award please contact Cam Patterson at 434.395.2391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The establishment of this award is an effort by the Office of Disability Resources to recognize faculty and staff members who share and help promote our mission.
The Inclusive Excellence Award is given to one member of the Longwood faculty and staff that have made significant contributions to the campus community in the area of inclusive design and practice during the past academic year. (i.e. ensuring an off-campus trip is accessible for all students participating, including accessibility statement on marketing materials)
The Inclusive Excellence Award recognizes members of our campus community that promote inclusive practices within the classroom, through programmatic efforts, through their daily job duties, and through daily campus involvement.
The recipient of this award has gone above and beyond in working with students with disabilities, and has been supportive of the Office of Disability Resources mission and vision.
Nomination and Selection Process:
The award will be presented to the faculty and staff member in April at the Multicultural Awards Banquet. Following the presentation of the award an announcement of the Inclusive Excellence Award recipients will be made to the campus community via email by the Director for Disability Resources (through the VP SA’s Office).
Nomination and Selection Process