College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Joyce "Joi" Drake Wins Academy of Academic Excellence Award

Meredith Epstein
Meredith and Joi pose with award

Institute of Applied Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture major Joyce (Joi) Drake was honored at the 2016 Academy of Academic Excellence Awards on Wednesday, March 23. Organized by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OSME), this award is bestowed upon UMD undergraduate multi-ethnic students who make the Dean's List each year.

The evening began with remarks from the Academy's founder, Dr. Christopher Lester who explained that OSME is honoring students who “…achieve at the highest levels personally, academically, and professionally.” The atmosphere was brimming with appreciation, respect, and encouragement. “I want every single student to know that you belong here, and have earned it with your tireless effort,” said Lester.

Dr. Kumea Shorter-Goodwin told the tales of hardworking student honorees who embody the notion of “inclusive excellence.” At the University of Maryland and everywhere, “excellence requires diversity,” she said.

Drake, of whom the IAA is so proud, emphasized the importance of being part of the Academy of Excellence. She noted, “So very many minorities from varied walks of life, nationalities and backgrounds were recognized for their scholarly achievements.” She continued, “Greater still is our university's understanding of the importance recognition plays in the educational life cycle of minorities who give it all they have to make the grade!”

Congratulations, Joi Drake!

From the OMSE website:

The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE), a unit of the Academic Affairs Division of the University of Maryland, offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the learning experience and promote the academic success of undergraduate students. We collaborate with several other campus offices and college programs to provide unique collegial opportunities for our diverse population. We recognize the value of the multiple histories, beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds of our students, and works with students, faculty, and staff to support the ethnic diversity of our campus.

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