University Comes Together for Annual Unity Luncheon

University Comes Together for Annual Unity Luncheon
Dancers and drummers perform at the Unity Luncheon.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Gloria Morrow was the event's keynote speaker.

About 400 people attended the Unity Luncheon, an annual campus celebration of diversity and an opportunity to strengthen relationships and raise money for student scholarships.

This year's event, “Embracing Change,” featured keynote speaker Dr. Gloria Morrow, a clinical psychologist. Morrow, who has authored several books, pastors a church in Pomona and is the publisher of the Inland Valley News, spoke about believing in personal and societal change and eliminating barriers.

“We must believe that change makes all of us inherently better,” Morrow said. She ended her speech with a quote borrowed from an address President Obama gave during his campaign: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

The Black Faculty & Staff Association, this year's lead affinity group, organized the event.

The Feb. 24 luncheon honored recipients of the Diversity Champion Award, which recognizes faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated great commitment to promoting the ideals of social equity, inclusion and diversity. This year's recipients are:

Access and disABILITY Alliance

  • Bronco Athletic Association  
  • Sonia Campos, Athletics Department  

Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association

  • Phi Su, student  
  • Traci Lew, Orientation Services  

Black Faculty & Staff Association

  • Ida Legesse, student
  • Thresa Ansley, International Center

Latino Faculty, Staff & Student Association

  • Jennifer Guerra, student
  • Mery Hernandez, Student Support & Equity Programs

Native American Task Force

  • Amanda Desmuke, student
  • Mario Cordova, Office of Admissions & Outreach

Pride Alliance

  • Ashlee Kendall, student
  • Tom Munnerlyn, Career Center

The Diversity Leadership award was presented to Council of African American Parents (CAAP), a community-driven organization that supports students through academics, social activities and cultural awareness.