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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

2017 IME Banquet and Impact Awards

April 20, 2016

Check out the 2016 Banquet below: 


From those who have helped shape our community for decades to those who only recently began their Lewis & Clark journey, the Annual IME Banquet and Impact Awards honor individuals who make the campus a more inclusive place. Since 2006, the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement recognizes community members for their contributions toward developing and supporting a diverse and inclusive
campus community. On March 31st, this year’s event was our 11th annual awards and achievement banquet.

As shown by this past year’s accomplishments, our programs and events continue to create meaningful connections across Lewis & Clark and uphold IME’s mission to promote an inclusive campus climate; provide academic, social, and programmatic support to students from underrepresented communities; and help students develop a greater understanding of their global citizenship through the intercultural exchange of ideas and traditions. Yet we could not accomplish this work alone. It is through the sustained effort of people like you all that brings our mission to life.

Eleven years ago, we began a tradition of recognizing CAS students, staff, and faculty for their dedication to the IME mission and our goal of building and sustaining a truly inclusive campus community. To be nominated for an Impact Award is a great honor, and we recognize that there are many people in all three campuses doing amazing work in the areas of diversity and inclusion. It is our combined efforts that create joyous communities and incredible growth. Each of us contributes in our own way to the Lewis & Clark community and the student experience in ways that are tangible and intangible. We should all be proud to continue working towards a more inclusive, socially just, and welcoming institution.

This year, we presented the Emerging Leader Award, the Kristi Williams Staff & Faculty Impact Award, and the Ray Warren Leadership Award. The selection committee chose the award recipients based on nominations by students, faculty, and staff considering who they believe have had the most positive impact this year.



Emerging Leader Award

The first Impact Award was the Emerging Leader Award, presented by Arianna Figueroa. This award recognizes a first-year student who has demonstrated leadership, commitment to the Lewis & Clark community, and potential for even further positive impact on campus.

This year’s recipient has shown positive engagement and an inquisitive mind in spaces from PSI to BSU to ASLC. Earlier this semester, he initiated and facilitated a Ta-Nehisi Coates reparations reading group. Congratulations to Nathaniel Hamlett!


Kristi Williams Recognition Award

Kristi Williams was a member of the advising staff whose work touched the lives of an untold number of students over more than 30 years with the college. The Kristi Williams Staff & Faculty Impact Award, presented by Joe Iliscupidez, recognizes staff or faculty members who continue Kristi’s legacy, going above and beyond their roles and responsibilities to work towards IME’s core values by supporting underrepresented students and fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community committed to social justice.

The three recipients of this year’s Kristi Williams Award have been chosen for their dedication to both the IME community and the student body at large. One recipient “has a special passion for working with underrepresented students while freely sharing [their] stories and wisdom with all who’ll listen.” Another’s “awareness of the problems within their department (and higher education, in general) may not be represented by hanging banners or explicit statements, but they nevertheless create a conscious and inclusive environment that is not only seen but felt by those who listen to their lectures or speak to them. The final recipient “makes themselves readily available to students, is always willing to listen in a time of need, and has a huge heart that can be seen after just one conversation”


This year’s recipients are:

Valerie White, Ombudsperson

Cathy Busha, Associate Dean of Student Engagement

Rebecca Copenhaver, Professor of Philosophy


Ray Warren Leadership Award

The Ray Warren Leadership Award, presented by IME Director Nathan Baptiste, is named after the man who dedicated his career to serving students at this institution. Beginning his work at L&C in Admissions and later becoming Associate Dean of Students and Director of Ethnic Student Services in 1992 (what is now IME), he is revered for being a foundational pillar of support to all students, but of special significance for students of color and historically underrepresented students more broadly. His impact lives on and is of immeasurable value. The Ray Warren Leadership Award is the longest-standing award that IME has presented to students and it is awarded to students who possess a spirit of determination, care, open-mindedness, and optimism. They have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus and a commitment to diversity and multicultural education. (To point out the obvious - this is a high honor!)

The selection committee for the Ray Warren Leadership Award received several nominations of exceptional candidates.  They are highly regarded for:

  • Supporting their peers in need, organizing incredible events, and facilitating powerful conversations.

  • For great leadership in their ability to unite people, listen, and speak up when they think something is unjust.

  • For their compassion and skillfulness at listening and responding to others’ needs

  • For truly embodying the definition of role models for all of us.

Our winners this year were Lani Felicitas, Danni Green, Karissa Tom, and Daniela Lopez.


We want to say congratulations to the nominees and recipients of the 2016 Impact Awards and a thank you to the nominators who took the time to write such thoughtful nominations.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!