J. Nicholas Holladay recognized for contributions to diversity
April 2, 2015
Officials from the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative have awarded J. Nicholas Holladay a 2015 Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award.
The Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award is given to individuals or groups who, as part of the Mizzou community, have made exemplary contributions within the past two years to any area of diversity, including but not limited to issues of gender, racial-ethnic background, language, religious belief, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities, national and geographical origin, and economic strata.
J. Nicholas Holladay joined the Division of Biological Sciences as an academic adviser in 2010 and is responsible for the academic development of more than 450 students majoring in biology. In addition to advising students, he leads a career explorations course for biology majors, learning strategies and college skills courses, and two seminar/discussion-style courses that survey a range of issues of special importance to transfer students and international students. He also is the adviser for MU’s First Generation Student Association.
Holladay was nominated for the award by John C. Walker, Curators’ Professor and director of biological sciences. In his nomination statement, he wrote: “Nicholas has gone above-and-beyond to develop programs and resources designed to ensure that our international students and first-generation students feel included as a member of the Mizzou student body.”
Mizzou Inclusive Awards are given to two MU students, one faculty member, one staff member and a Mizzou-sponsored program. Holladay won the staff award.
His contributions to diversity were celebrated at a banquet in Stotler Lounge on March 31. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton presented the award to Holladay.
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