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Dr. Ruth L. Meese, Ranson Professor of Special Education is the recipient of the 2012 Inclusive Excellence Award. This award is presented annually by the Office of Disability Resources and was established during the spring 2012 semester. ODR staff members presented Dr. Meese with the award on June 1st, 2012. The award recognizes faculty and staff members that have made significant contributions to the campus community in the area of inclusive design and practice during the past academic year.
The Inclusive Excellence Award provides students with the opportunity to recognize faculty members on campus. In the nomination form for Dr. Meese the student commented that Dr. Meese is was a fierce advocate for all students regardless of ability, she strives to promote inclusive practices within the classroom, and she sincerely takes an interest in every student she teaches.
Dr. Meese has been a great supporter of Disability Resources and it's mission, she has also collaborated with the office on many ocassions and we consider her an important campus partner. The committee is grateful to Dr. Meese for the impact that she is having on her students and campus community in helping to promote inclusive practices.
We are excited that Dr. Meese is the first recipient of this award. It is our sincere goal to recognize members of the campus community that promote our vision and share our vision. We also want to continue to engage students in this process by allowing them to recognize faculty and staff members as well. For more information regarding the Inclusive Excellence Award please contact Cam Patterson at 434.395.2391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.