Asian Studies Director Dr. Minh Nguyen Receives Inaugural Distinguished Equity Award
Congratulations to Dr. Minh Nguyen on receiving the Inaugural Distinguished Equity Award. Nguyen was recognized at the 10th Annual Diversity Breakfast, hosted by the University Diversity Office and the University Diversity Committee, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:30-9:30 AM.
The highest honor bestowed annually upon a faculty member by the University Diversity Office and the University Diversity Committee at EKU, this award recognizes its recipient for “demonstrating dedication to inclusive excellence.” In particular, for “developing innovative programs to enhance diversity within the group or university,” “involvement with programs and activities that promote the development of multicultural understanding and cross-cultural competence,” “implementing initiatives that create a supportive and inclusive environment,” and “creating a diverse and inclusive environment.”
Joining EKU in 2003, Dr. Minh Nguyen is currently Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies, Director of the Interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program, Associate Director of the Honors Program, and Coordinator of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Coordinator of the Chautauqua Lecture Series. As Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator, he hosted a wide range of speakers/performers from Richard Dawkins (the world’s leading atheist) to Robert George (“this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker,” according to The New York Times), and organized a variety of presentations/performances to celebrate International Education, Appalachian Heritage, Disability Employment Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, and EKU’s Domestic Partner Benefits Policy. As Inaugural Director of Asian Studies, he played a leading role in creating this program and making it the vibrant program that it is today. As Associate Director of EKU Honors, he helped improve minority enrollment in the program, raising it from 5% in 2013 to 10% in 2017. During his tenure as Inaugural Coordinator of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, student members of the protected classes have received such prestigious honors as Fulbright Fellowship, Humanity in Action Fellowship, Gilman Scholarship, and the first-ever internship with Salzburg Global Citizenship Alliance.
Published on October 04, 2017