Joe Ponce Recognized with Distinguished Enhancement Award

May 4, 2012
Joe Ponce

Joe Ponce--DISCO Co-Organizer, Asian American Studies Coordinator, Sexuality Studies Affiliated Faculty and Oversight Committee Member, and Associate Professor of English--has been awarded a 2012 OSU Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award.

The annual Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards are sponsored by the University Senate Committee on Diversity and the Office of Human Resources in recognition of significant commitments to the enhancement of diversity at Ohio State.  The program seeks out persons and teams who have "implemented policies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance diversity on the basis of color, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or military service status, gender identity, economic status, political belief, marital status or social background."

In the words of one of his sponsors for the award:

"Joe’s work--be it teaching, research, administration, or outreach--exemplifies the belief that one cannot compartmentalize identity or diversity, that we have to consider the full complexity of individuals if we are to create conditions that will allow them, especially those who have been marginalized in some way, to thrive.  This university is a far better place because of Joe’s passionate contributions to making that belief a reality."

Everyone at DISCO thanks Joe for everything he has done and everything he does, and congratulates him for this much-deserved recognition.

The Arts and Humanities Diversity Award recognizes work that promotes diversity. Such work might include initiatives that:

  1. Increase the participation and recognition of diverse groups.
  2. Demonstrate a significant impact (either broadly or deeply defined) for a particular audience in the Division of the Arts & Humanities, OSU, or the broader community.
  3. Address innovatively a specific diversity-related issue or concern.

Everyone at DISCO thanks Joe for everything he has done and everything he does, and congratulates him for these much-deserved recognitions.