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Don Bramlett
Don Bramlett

Lt. Darren Mitchell
Lt. Darren Mitchell

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith

PCSM names trio of recipients
of Deacon Davis Diversity Awards

April 13, 2009

NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) has announced the winners of the 2009 Deacon Davis Diversity Awards.

  • Don Bramlett, director of the Office of Retention Services.
  • Lt. Darren Mitchell, director of the Office of Emergency Management and Planning for the Department of Public Safety.
  • Derrick Smith, academic counselor for the Center for Black Studies.

Created in 2004 and named in honor of Deacon Davis, founder and former director of the CHANCE (Counseling Help and Assistance Necessary for a College Education) Program, this award recognizes the significant contributions made to the improvement of the status of minorities on campus by members of the university community. 

The Deacon Davis Diversity Award recipients will be recognized during the 10th Annual PCSM “Friendships Abloom” Spring Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Brief remarks and the awards presentation begin at 12:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.