University Diversity Office
2017-18 Diversity Mini-Grants Awarded
The Diversity Mini-Grants were established by the Diversity Office to create and improve efforts to make our campus a more diverse and inclusive community.
Dr. Michael Chen was born in Taiwan and grew up in Belize. He graduated from Berea College in 2006 with a degree in Biology. Dr. Chen returned to Taiwan and completed his military service for two years before attending the University of Kentucky for graduate school. He earned both his master’s (2012) and doctorate degree (2015) in Cognitive and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Chen has been teaching at Eastern Kentucky University since 2016.
Dr. Chen has been married for seven years and has two children. In his free time, Dr. Chen enjoys exercising with his family at the local YMCA. Dr. Chen is also a Kukkiwon certified black belt in Taekwondo and led the University of Kentucky's Taekwondo club for five years while he was a graduate student.
Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the strategies and tools that could improve learning. His current research includes educational technology such as computer generated speech and also teaching strategies such as the usage of in-class small groups.
Dr. Charlie Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor of Construction Management at Eastern Kentucky University. He has been with the faculty of EKU since 2014. He has over 7 years of civil engineering and construction project management experience. Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a certified Construction Documentation Technologist, certified Environmental and Erosion Control Specialist, and he has USACE Certificate of construction Quality Control for Contractors. His area of expertise covers automated progress control in construction management, data fusion for improving as-built visualization and construction management, scan to BIM for visualization and facility management, and Integration of remote sensing technology and non-destructive testing for structure inspection and quality assessment. At EKU, Dr. Zhang teaches Construction Contracts, Construction Graphics, Project Organizations and Supervision, Construction Structural Analysis as well as Construction Economy. Dr. Zhang is an active member of several professional societies including ASC, CMAA, ASCE, and CSI.
Diversity Concert Series: Dr. Bernardo Scarambone
Holding 13 prizes in national and international competitions, Dr. Scarambone has been performing and researching music for over 25 years. With concerts and recitals in the US, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, Scarambone strives to maintain his career as a teacher, pianist, adjudicator and researcher.
His recent research areas include early repertoire for the piano, entrepreneurial career options for musicians, student preparation to face the job market and community engagement, including a series of Interactive Recitals where the audience participates in composing and performing music.
His students have won over 25 prizes in state and national competitions in the United States, and are always involved in community engagement projects.
Upcoming projects include a concert in Brazil, a summer teaching music program in Florence, Italy and a sabbatical to research and record the first ever published set of pieces for the piano.
The current president of Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA), Dr. Scarambone earned a Doctoral Degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, a Master’s degree in Studio Teaching/Piano Performance from Indiana University, and a Bachelor Degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, his home city in Brazil. He performs and teaches at Eastern Kentucky University.
Amadi Brooks ~ Athletes on a Mission
As a former EKU student-athlete Amadi Brooks wanted to pursue her passion of giving back. Her position in the Diversity Office has allowed her to channeled that passion as the GA of EKU Athletics Retention and Graduation. Amadi developed Athletes on a Mission to connect with EKU student-athletes through guidance, mentorship and community service. Showing student-athletes that they have a voice, as well as increasing their awareness of the world outside their sidelines.
Annual Faculty Awards
EKU offers six annual faculty awards, announced during Scholars Week held each year in April. Applications for all awards are due on February 1 each year.
Annual faculty awards:
High-Impact Practice Teaching Award (2 awards given each year)
Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award (2 awards given each year)
Faculty Leadership Award (1 award given each year)
Faculty Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award (1 award given each year)
Summer Bridge Program Luncheon with Diversity Office
The 2017 Summer Bridge Program students enjoyed lunch and visit with Dr. Timothy Forde, Dr. Norman Powell, and Dr. Roger Cleveland, EKU Inclusive Excellence Trainer.
Visit Sumer Bridge Program at Eastern for more information.
Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2017
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a 180-page report presenting data on educational attainment of people in various racial and ethnic groups in the nation. The report contains data on African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians and other ethnic groups. There are detailed tables on enrollments, educational achievement, retention, student behavior, degree attainments, and outcomes of education.
Some of the highlights from the section on postsecondary education are:
* The gender enrollment gap for Black students in higher education is wider than for any other racial or ethnic group.
* Some 85 percent of all Black students in U.S. higher education received some type of financial aid grant. This was the highest percentage of any racial or ethnic group.
* About 72 percent of Black students took out a student loan, again the highest rate among any racial or ethnic group.
* The percentage of African American students who entered college in 2008 and had earned a bachelor’s degree with in six years, was the lowest among all racial and ethnic groups.
* In 2014, the median annual earnings of Blacks with at least a bachelor’s degree was lower than the median annual earnings of similarly educated people from all other racial and ethnic groups.
The full report, Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2017, may be downloaded by clicking here.