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Office of Social Justice Director Awarded State-wide Recognition

mcpaEmmitsburg, Maryland - Jeff Abel, director of the Mount St. Mary's University Office of Social Justice, recently earned the Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA) - Dedication to Diversity Award.

The award is presented to a faculty member, graduate student, administrator, staff member or student demonstrating a state-wide "commitment to cultural awareness and encouraging a multicultural approach with its staff, students, programming and/or community. The honoree must be in the forefront in promoting diversity in the student affairs arena and must have taken steps to break down walls of misunderstanding and ignorance."

The MCPA is a state division of the American College Personnel Association and designed to provide leadership to the student personnel profession through teaching, counseling, research, and commitment to productive change in college student personnel practices; to stimulate the professional development of college student personnel administrators within the state; and, to provide liaison between college student personnel and organizations concerned with higher education.

Under Abel's leadership, the Mount's Office of Social Justice oversees the university's programs for students, faculty, and staff in service, service-learning, international immersion trips, and community-based initiatives.

"We could not be more proud of Jeff's work and we share his excitement for this well-deserved recognition," said Dean of Students Michael Taberski. "Jeff not only embodies the spirit of the award in his work, he also inspires the student leaders involved in the Office of Social Justice's programs to become change agents as well."

The MCPA Awards will be presented November 15 at its fall conference, held this year at the Timonium Campus of the University of Loyola Maryland on November 15.

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