Friday, January 14, 2011
Terry Dawson Selected to Receive the 2011 Jane LaChapelle McCarty Unity in Diversity Award
Link to January 14 Appleton Post-Crescent article.
Excerpt: During his tenure, Dawson suggested or supported exhibits, film discussions, poetry readings and author visits to the library that brought diversity to the forefront. Programs focused on citizenship, disabilities, race relations, celebrating ethnic differences, human rights, equal rights and world peace.
"He continually pushed the library to make sure they were providing programming which met the needs of a diverse population," said Kathy Flores, chairwoman of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Appleton's diversity coordinator.
The Rev. Roger Bertschausen, a founding member of Toward Community and the MLK celebration, said it was no accident that under Dawson's guidance, staff and volunteers sought to make the library a warm and inclusive place.
"In my experience, the library is the place where the diversity of our community is most evident," said Bertschausen, senior pastor at Appleton's Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.