LINCOLN – For outstanding service and dedication to furthering diversity and inclusion, six University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumni were recently inducted into the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Hall of Fame.
The 2020 class, honored Oct. 29 during a Multicultural Homecoming celebration hosted by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, includes Chandra Diaz, Misty Frazier, Ahn Le, Jeannette Eileen Jones, Reshell Ray and Shannon Teamer. The induction ceremony was held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns.
Diaz is the daughter and granddaughter of farm workers and a first-generation college student who came to UNL in 1992. While on campus, Diaz was involved with OASIS (then the Culture Center) and the Mexican American Student Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997, a Master of Arts in 2003 and a doctorate in teaching, learning and teacher education in 2015. Diaz now works as an associate dean, assistant professor and adviser of middle-level education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In her work, she helps prepare middle school educators. Diaz’s hall of fame induction included an award for outstanding service and dedication to the Mexican American Student Association and the Gaughan Multicultural Center.
Launched in 2018, the Gaughan Center Hall of Fame honors outstanding multicultural alumni. The award ceremony is part of the university’s Multicultural Alumni Homecoming, which was created by the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color and the Gaughan Multicultural Center. The activities are designed to increase connections between Nebraska’s multicultural alumni, faculty and students.
Hall of fame honorees are featured in a display in the Gaughan Multicultural Center.