An assistant professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities is one of three people who will be honored with the WSU Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award this year.
Yuliya Ardasheva, who works in English as a second language and bilingual education in the Department of Teaching & Learning at the north Richland campus, has been with WSU Tri-Cities since 2013, a release said.
Ardasheva is a mentor and member of the College of Education’s Diversity Committee, advises university administrators on minority student recruitment and retention, and volunteers in local schools to help non-native English speakers and develop support materials.
The award is given out based on demonstrated altruism, community service, efforts to advance diversity and a commitment to inclusion within education.
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Other winners this year include a student counselor and a criminal justice graduate student on the Pullman campus and the groups Queer People of Color and Allies and the Diversity Events Subcommittee jointly working at the Spokane campuses of WSU and Eastern Washington University.
The award ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at WSU’s Pullman campus.