Olivia Cordova Receiving MLK Award with President JohnsonThree Colorado School of Mines community members received Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Awards at a luncheon on January 17 for their appreciation for diversity and understanding its value on campus. Recipients are chosen based on nominations by peers that highlight their efforts to develop innovative programs or policies that enhance diversity on campus, demonstrate a commitment to a philosophy of inclusion by initiating interactions between people of different backgrounds and their efforts to contribute to fostering understanding and respect for diversity within the campus community.

Here’s Cordova’s nomination:

“Olivia is an inspiring individual in many ways beyond her work with the Society of Women Engineers. Through her role as an RA for the Nucleus Scholars group, Olivia often participates in presentations to share her experiences as a first-generation college student, educating the Mines community on the benefits diversifying our campus and reaching out to this underrepresented group as well as shedding light on the unique needs of first-generation college students.”