MLK breakfast honors many

Peter Banuelos of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents Dwaine Plaza, associate professor of sociology, the Frances Dance Hooks Award during the Peace Breakfast Monday. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

Peter Banuelos of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents Dwaine Plaza, associate professor of sociology, the Frances Dance Hooks Award during the Peace Breakfast Monday. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

During the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast held Monday, Jan. 19, in the Memorial Union ballroom, a number of outstanding campus community members were honored for their achievements in advancing equality and social justice issues on campus.
Joseph Krause, professor and chair of the foreign languages department, was presented with the Phyllis S. Lee award. Krause has organized international conferences on the plights of minority peoples in Oregon and around the globe, as well as organizing the Ava Helen Pauling Lectureship for World Peace.
Dwaine Plaza, associate professor in sociology and Vananh Nguyen, a student in
bioresource research, received the Frances Dancy Hooks award. For the last decade, Plaza has been offering a spring break course encouraging students to interact outside their comfort zones. He is also an active mentor with the McNair Scholars Program and the BEST program. Nguyen was co-chair for the MANRRS Regional Workshop in 2008, linking students with resources and building bridges to academic and career success.
The breakfast featured music by Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach as well as a student panel on the relationships between King and the new presidency, and a presentation of King’s “I Have a Dream,” speech by emeritus faculty member LaVerne Woods.

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