Winner of 2013 Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award Announced

Foundation President Keetha Mills joins in honoring recipient Liesel Reinheart at award ceremony

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – April 19, 2013 – Liesel Reinhart from Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) was presented with the 2013 Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award at today’s Spring Academic Senate Plenary Session. The Foundation is a proud long-time sponsor of this award, providing each year’s winner with a $5,000 cash award in recognition of their work on campus diversity issues. 

“Our support of important programs like the Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award is one way in which we help honor individuals who make a positive impact on our system,” said Foundation President and CEO Keetha Mills at today’s awards ceremony, adding, “I am reminded of how important the award we are presenting today is, both in honoring individuals who make a real difference in addressing diversity issues for our colleges and in ensuring our system continues placing a priority on breaking down the barriers that still exist for many of the demographic groups we serve.”

Reinhart’s contributions have made an impact on numerous disadvantaged groups on her campus. Kaljumägi, Mt. SAC Academic Senate President, says, “Rather than specializing in work for a single student population, Reinhart’s career reflects a consistent series of high-impact projects and programs that enhance the experience of African-American, Asian-American, Latino, LGBT, and deaf students while making the campus climate more open for all individuals.”

Reinhart helped create the Black History Month Speech Contest, a forum that invites students to write and present about significant people and events in African-American history. She also writes and directs theater projects based on real-life experiences with stereotypes. One of the group’s best-known productions was a combination of theater, stand-up comedy, poetry, and hip hop that was performed in over 40 states. Rafael Augustin Guerrero, the former Mt. SAC student who wrote the original speech, says that Reinhart served as his mentor in public speaking and writing and “empowered (him) to come out of the undocumented closet.” 

The Foundation is proud to sponsor this award, which continues to emphasize the range of diversity on Community College campuses that makes our system so unique and important to the state of California.

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