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Professor honored for diversity efforts

(l-r) IHL trustee Shane Hooper, Dr. Robert E. Luckett Jr., director of the Margaret Walker Center for the study of African-American Experiences, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president and chief of staff, Jackson State University (Photo courtesy of IHL)

(l-r) IHL trustee Shane Hooper, Dr. Robert E. Luckett Jr., director of the Margaret Walker Center for the study of African-American Experiences, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president and chief of staff, Jackson State University (Photo courtesy of IHL)

Director of the JSU Margret Walker Center Dr. Robert Luckett was recently lauded by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning for his continued dedication to diversity.

β€œI was honored that JSU and the IHL Board of Trustees recognized me for the work I do in the name of diversity and inclusion,” said Luckett, who is also an associate professor of history at JSU.

Luckett acknowledged that as a white, heterosexual, Christian man he recognizes his privilege. He said that, through his work as a civil rights historian and director of the center, he tries to use his privilege as an ally and advocate for all marginalized people.

β€œIt is my goal to lift up and celebrate the diversity of our communities and promote an inclusive environment for everyone,” he added.

The award ceremony was held on Feb. 15 in Jackson and the list of honorees include:

Dr. Babu Patlolla

Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Alcorn State University

 

Dr. Linda T. Coats

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education

Mississippi State University

 

Dr. Brittany S. Moore-Henderson

Community Outreach Veterinarian, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Mississippi State University

Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine

 

Dr. Dionne Fortenberry

Chair, Department of Sciences & Mathematics

Mississippi University for Women

 

Dr. Jiabo Liu

Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Mississippi Valley State University

 

Dr. RoSusan D. Bartee

Professor, Department of Leadership and Counselor Education

The University of Mississippi

 

Dr. Leandro Mena

Department Chair, Population Health Science

The University of Mississippi Medical Center

 

Dr. Chin-Nu Lin

Associate Professor, College of Nursing

The University of Southern Mississippi