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JMC Professor Gene Shelton Awarded 2013 Diversity Trailblazer Award

Posted Jan. 24, 2014

Gene Shelton, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, has been awarded the university's 2013 Diversity Trailblazer Award. Kent State's Diversity Trailblazer Award is a university-wide award that recognizes faculty, staff or a departmental group for their significant contributions to enhance diversity and inclusive excellence at Kent State.

Kent State President Lester A. Lefton presented the award to Shelton on Nov. 14 prior to the Kent State Presidential Speaker Series event with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

 "There were several strong nominations for the 2013 Diversity Trailblazers Award, but out of them all, Gene Shelton's rose to the top," said Alfreda Brown, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Kent State. "Gene Shelton is known as a champion of inclusive diversity and a strong advocate for diversity issues in faculty deliberations. His quiet, passionate but firm way of encouraging openness and helping others understand the challenges of diversity has had a lasting impact upon his colleagues."