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Gunnings-Moton honored with MSU Diversity Award

Sonya Gunnings-Moton

Sonya Gunnings-Moton, asssistant dean for student support services and recruitment at MSU's College of Education, has been honored by the university with its award for Sustained Effort toward Excellence in Diversity.

As a faculty member and in her current position, she has advanced the college's efforts to provide programs for students in urban K-12 schools. Gunnings-Moton developed The Broad Partnership between the College of Education and Detroit Public Schools with programs for summer high school scholars, future teachers and summer teaching fellows.

A Ph.D. graduate of MSU, Gunnings-Moton is an assistant professor of counseling and also serves as the co-director of the urban educator cohort program. She received her master's at MSU and her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

She will be honored with other students, faculty and staff for their innovations in promoting diversity at MSU's annual Excellence in Diversity Recognition and Awards program. The event will be held on Wed. March 14, at 4 p.m. in the Clara Bell Smith Center. The event is open to the public. Individual and team recipients of Excellence in Diversity awards receive $2,500.

"I have been fortunate to work in a College of Education in which addressing issues of equity and access for urban K-12 students, and forging an aggressive urban education agenda, is a real priority," Gunnings-Moton said. "For me, the rewards of my work are evident everyday, when I encounter students on our campus whose presence not only contributes greatly to the rich diversity of MSU, but students who I know are also committed to realizing the vision of true inclusiveness and opportunity in education."

College of Education Dean Carole Ames lauded Gunnings-Moton's achievements.

"Sonya Gunnings-Moton, through her leadership, is setting an example for future urban educators, " Ames said. "With her work on The Broad Partnership, she is inspiring future teachers to receive quality teacher preparation at MSU and to return to their home communities where they can make a difference. We are proud of her accomplishments and honor her dedication to improving the teacher preparation pipeline for urban areas."

The Excellence in Diversity of Awards are given annually by MSU to honor the work of students, faculty and staff who had made significant contributions to this area.

"MSU's expression of commitment to diversity and inclusion is exemplified by the extraordinary efforts of the 2007 recipients of the Excellence in Diversity awards," said Paulette Granberry-Russell, director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and senior advisor to the president for diversity.

"There are recipients whose emerging efforts represent the future for inclusion on our campus. There are others who have been a part of Team MSU and have sustained their efforts to create, enhance and support diversity over the course of their careers."