2009 Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity
November 10, 2009
|Claudia Avila-Lopez, Elise McMillian, Carolina Meyerson, Fred Palmer, and Luisa Ramirez-de Lynch accept the 2009 Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity|
Camino Seguro and Camino Seguro West Projects awarded 2009 Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity
The Camino Seguro and Camino Seguro West Projects of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD and the University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities UCEDD received the 2009 Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference. Both UCEDDs received awards, as well as three individuals signled out for recognition in these projects: Claudia Avila-Lopez and Carolina Meyerson of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Luisa Ramirez-de Lynch of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities.
The Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity is presented to an Association member or group in recognition of: their exhibited leadership and commitment to advancing programs and practices aimed toward increasing the diversity, cultural, and/or linguistic competencies, exemplary programs and practices addressing the areas of diversity, cultural, and/or linguistic competencies, significant contributions in furthering the cause of diversity understanding for the needs of families seeking disability services.
The Camino Seguro and Camino Seguro West Projects are a joint effort of Tennesse's two UCEDDs, with support from the state DD Council and P&A. The Projects offer unique web-based databases of bilingual providers, and are designed to assist community agencies to find appropriate disability-related, mental health and social services resources for Spanish-speaking clients. The Projects are collaborative activities whose success is due to the contributions of many individuals at the two coordinating UCEDDs and in their key partner agencies to improve outreach to the Latino community, however without the efforts of Claudia, Carolina, and Luisa, these Projects and their statewide extension would not be possible.
Established in 1971, AUCD is a membership organization comprised of three national networks of interdisciplinary, university-based Centers dedicated to research, education, leadership training, policy development, and direct service for people with disabilities.