attendees of Office of Inclusion and Diversity event


The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is pleased to announce the recipients of the Awards for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity.  These awards recognize members of the Auburn family whose exceptional contributions help advance the work of diversity and enhance a culture of inclusion at Auburn.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Mrs. Wanona Satcher

Urban designer, landscape architectural designer, and city planner originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She is Founder and CEO of Makhers Studio LLC, a design-build social enterprise and creative hub. Wanona is also CEO of ReJuve Corp a nonprofit dedicated to social impact through innovative community engagement strategies.

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Outstanding Staff Award

Shaelyn Smith

Administrator II, Academic Program
Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project,
College of Architecture, Design, and Construction

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Outstanding Faculty Award

Emily Myers

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

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Dr. Virginia A. Davis

Alumni Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University

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Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Tina Huang

Tina graduated from Lawrence County High School as valedictorian. Her parents immigrated to America from China. Tina is a first-generation American and a first-generation college student. At Auburn, she is majoring in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Sustainability and Asian studies.

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Outstanding Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award

Braveheart Center for Place and Purpose

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Outstanding Student Organization Award

African Students Association

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Outstanding Community Member/Organization Award


Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award

Julio Alejandro Yanes

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Psychology

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2018-2019 Selection Committee

Haven Hart

Assistant Vice President for Student Development, Student Affairs

Dane Block

Student Government Association

Sonya Dixon

Manager, Employee Relations, Human Resources

Jennifer Eaton

Black Student Union

Charleen Freeman

Procurement and Business Services, Staff Council

Melisa Martinez

Graduate Student Association

Christopher McNulty

Professor/Department Chair, Department of Art & Art History

David Mixson

Associate Director, Government & Economic Development, University Outreach

Raven Le’Nard

Spectrum Student Organization

Jingjing Qian

Associate Professor, Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Harrison School of Pharmacy

Deborah Weiss

Director, Auburn Abroad