Oregon State student, faculty honored for social justice work


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three members of the Oregon State University community were honored this week at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Deanna Kingston, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at OSU, received the Phyllis S. Lee Award for her work, including her dedication to documenting the lives of King Islanders. The award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kingston works to involve indigenous communities in all aspects of her work, and to make their voices heard in the academic world. Kingston was cited for bridging the chasm between scientific and research communities and indigenous communities.

Juan Antonio Trujillo, an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at OSU, received the Frances Dancy Hooks Coalition Builders Award for his dedication to service, and business administration student Hunnan Pope received the same award for his cross-cultural work.

The award honors Frances Dancy Hooks, whose life’s work has centered on building coalitions among groups and individuals to respond to needs not only in African American communities, but American society in general.

Trujillo has been at OSU for 12 years, and has volunteered to sit on 15 department committees, 25 committees at the university and 29 different committees in the Corvallis and Oregon communities since 1997. According to nominators, many consider him the “service king” at OSU, who “walks the talk” when it comes to getting involved.

Pope, who is of Chinese and Alaskan native heritage, has worked hard to learn about and participate in groups serving Latinos on campus, as well as being an active member of the Greek community. Nominators cited Pope for branching out and seeking areas where he could make a difference.

The celebration of King’s legacy continues at Oregon State through Jan. 23, and upcoming events include an interfaith prayer service, an all-university dance, and the Reign 2010 Strolling Competition. For a complete list of events, see http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/mlk.html