Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Each year the President’s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity presents a Mary Washington student with the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. This award is given to a rising senior enrolled in the University, who possesses strong characteristics of leadership and demonstrates a personal commitment – advocating for diversity and inclusion across campus. Once the recipient is chosen he or she serves as an ambassador for diversity, a peer mentor to underrepresented students, and a voice for underrepresented populations to the faculty and staff.

Once chosen as the recipient of the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership, the recipient will be asked to serve in various capacities throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. The ongoing service agenda will be mutually beneficial, service will be provided to the campus community, and the student will continue to develop academically and socially.

Image of a young woman, Desmone Logan, with a red shirt and hoop earrings smiling.

Desmoné Logan

2021 – 2022 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Recipient

Desmoné Logan is a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences from Chesapeake, Virginia.  After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend medical school to become a trauma surgeon.  As part of her career path, Desmoné hopes to pursue service, giving back to others by creating an organization that allows economically disenfranchised individuals to receive needed medical surgeries without worrying about costs.

Throughout her time at UMW, Desmoné has been consistently involved in multicultural clubs, cultural and social justice programs and events, and community service activities, both on- and off-campus.  She joined Women of Color, where she is currently the president, and the Black Student Association, where she serves as the secretary.  She is also a member of the UMW National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) College Chapter.  She thoroughly enjoys her involvement with these clubs because she is able to educate others about the history of women of color and African American cultural history, while also advocating for all underrepresented or marginalized communities.  Desmone’ has also participated in various social justice activities, including the Social Justice Fall Break trip, Social Justice Teach-Ins and Social Justice Leadership Summits.  Through her work and leadership with these endeavors, she strives to increase inclusiveness and diversity on campus.

Desmoné is also a Diversity Peer Educator/Farmer Fellow.  In this capacity, she plays a vital role in providing education to enhance awareness and advance cultural competency on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice topics for fellow students.  She facilitates diversity education sessions, assists with Orientation and New Student Arrival events, and participates in other diversity-related initiatives.  Along with these roles, Desmone’ is also a member of the UMW intercollegiate track and field team and serves as a resident assistant in the department of Residence Life.

Desmoné is passionate about diversity and social justice because of her own lived experiences.  As an African American woman at a predominantly white institution, her culture and race impact her work. She stated she has encountered incidents of racism and microaggressions from other students.  But through her involvement in WOC, BSA, and the NAACP CC, she felt comfortable and proud to embrace her culture and skin.

In her final year, it is important to Desmoné to create safe spaces for all marginalized students.  She aspires to be a voice for all students and ensure that their voices are heard and opinions matter.  She plans to create and implement programs and events that focus on recognizing and embracing marginalized groups, such as the non-binary community, students with disabilities, and women in the STEM field.

There is an inspirational quote that fuels her passion and energy every day.  It is: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change.  I am changing the things I cannot accept.”  – Angela Davis

 


Applications/Nominations are closed at this time.

To apply for the Citizenship Award for Diversity presented annually during the Diversity Program, which is part of Orientation Week, a student must complete the application as well as submit one (1) faculty or staff recommendation.  Faculty and Staff may nominate students for this award as well.


If you have questions, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 or msanford@umw.edu .