Marquette project coordinator honored with Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award
The Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognizes one faculty member and one staff member at Marquette who demonstrate exemplary leadership that manifest the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action. Garcia is the staff recipient for the award.
Garcia has long been revered by her colleagues for her efforts in developing programming to support diverse students to academic success. As a first-generation college student, Garcia has the perspective to identify with students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, which makes her the ideal person for her role as coordinator for Project BEYOND-2 — an initiative at Marquette that seeks to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a rewarding career in professional nursing.
“While I don’t do my job to get awards or praise, at the same time, it is important that diversity and inclusion is made a priority at all levels of higher education,” Garcia said. “I love what I do, and I hope that my efforts help encourage and support diverse students to chase their dreams of becoming a Marquette nurse. That’s what this is all about.”
One colleague who nominated Garcia wrote, “She (Garcia) works hard to bring voice for the underrepresented and encourage open dialog. She creates a safe and respectful environment for questions and discussions for the students. She helps the students develop better appreciation for differences and similarities of varied cultures and deepened their understanding of diversity.”
Another nominator called Garcia an “unsung hero,” and they attest that her many contributions and commitment to diversity and inclusion inspire those around her to be the best versions of themselves and make the world a better place.
They added, “She encourages me to expand my leadership as a minority nurse and find my voice to address diversity and inclusion to a broader audience.”
Staff recipients of the 2021 Excellence Awards were honored June 7 during a virtual event.
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