The chapter had been dormant for several years, she said, until current President Denise Williams revitalized it.
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“(She) turned it from a two-member volunteer organization and turned into what it is now, which is over 100 members,” Jones said.
The 20-member volunteer executive committee has handled more than 150 complaints in the past four years, she said, and strengthened relationships with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Springfield city commissioners. The NAACP also offers a minority health fair each year.
“It couldn’t be done without these guys because of their commitment and their devotion,” Williams said. “I worry these guys to death and they still stick with me.”
Williams submitted the committee for the award, she said, as way to thank them for the work they do.
“They’re hardworking with our police departments and the school system,” she said. “We are all in the community to bring everyone together as one.”
Ronald Gordon lead the charge to create the award, Jones said. This is the second year Clark State has chosen winners of the Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Last year the award was given to board of trustees member Sharon Evans and Carin Burr, associate professor for social services.