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April 30, 2012
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Baker University honors Milan-Harris Award recipient

Baldwin City, Kan. — Rachel Lusk, a Baker University junior from Overland Park, Kan., was honored with the annual Milan-Harris Award and $300 cash prize on Sunday at the Osborne Chapel.Milan-Harris-Award-for-web

The award recognizes a current Baker student who actively promotes and enhances the cultural, racial, ethnic, lifestyle and/or generational diversity at Baker and/or within its regional communities.

“I think that diversity is about learning and creating ways for people to better understand each other,” Lusk said. “I want to make sure that everyone feels they have a place where they belong and that they know that there are others who know how they feel.”

Established in 2001 by the Delta Pi chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the award honors the contributions of Jesse Milan, a former Baker professor who in 1969 founded Mungano, and Manny Harris, a founding member of the Delta Pi chapter and an assistant professor of Spanish from 1998 to 2000.

Previous winners of the Milan-Harris Award are Mia Wright (2001), Leah Watkins (2002), Jawad Niazi (2003), Patrick Lattin (2004), Julia King (2005), Tara White (2006), Ashley Schmidt (2007), Di-Tu Dissassa (2008), Rachel Kilian (2009), Meghan Gabel (2010) and Susan Joylin Hall (2011).

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.