Inclusion, Access and Success Award

Established in 1984, the Inclusion, Access and Success (formerly the Human Relations) Award honors persons who have been instrumental in making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.

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 2014 Award Winners

 

awardwinner.jpgThe 2014 Inclusion, Access and Success Award recipient is an individual who is committed, creative and passionate about making college available to all students. Janice Downing has worked tirelessly on behalf of undocumented students across the state of Colorado. In addition to her work at Bruce Randolph High School (CO), a school with an extremely diverse population, Downing has helped to organize an annual “Keeping the DREAM Alive: Advising the Immigrant Student to College” Conference for four years now. She works to inform other professionals of current laws, resources for students and practices among institutions of higher learning that are best serving this population. Her passionate advocacy was instrumental in the Colorado State Legislature’s passing of ASSET law, which allows undocumented Colorado students attend institutions at an instate tuition price. Because of Downing’s work, tens of thousands of students who previously could not have been able to afford to go to college now have the opportunity.

"Working at Bruce Randolph School in Denver, a public school where student resources are severely limited, where roughly 30 percent of each graduating senior class are undocumented and where 98 percent of our graduates are first generation college going has been an incredibly challenging but equally inspiring journey for me for the last six years. Bruce Randolph School’s efforts at creating a college going culture has resulted in a college acceptance rate of 100 percent in 2014, awarded scholarship money totaling $1.7 million in 2014 and a college enrollment rate that has climbed from 7 percent in 2010 to 35 percent in 2013. I was proud to accept the 2014 Inclusion, Access and Success award not only on my behalf but on behalf of all the devoted staff members at Bruce Randolph School who have worked tirelessly to make inclusion, access and success a reality for all our students," Downing said after receiving the award.

 

 Past Award Winners

 
1984 - William R. Davis​ 1994 - Laurice Sommers​
1985 - Jack Wright ​ 1995 - Robert Albright ​
1986 - Marion R. Flagg ​ Gloria de Leon ​
1987 - Clarence Mixon ​ Ernesto Nieto ​
1988 - NACAC Human Relations Committees of 1986 ​ 1996 - Donald Johnson​
& 1987 for the development of Guide for Parents: ​ 1997 - Edward Bell ​
Ronald C. Ancrum​ 1998 - Roberto Haro ​
Rosetta L. Gooden 1999 - Susan Chipley ​
Audrey T. Hill ​ 2000 - I Have a Dream Foundation ​
Naomi Kuziemski​ 2001 - Jacob Schramm ​
Leslie K. Lane-Epps​ 2002 - Dr. Arnold Mitchem ​
Geverna Levels​ 2003 - The Daniels Fund ​
Brian J. Lewis ​ 2004 - Pathways to College Network ​
Walter M. Pritchett​ 2005 - Whitney Laughlin​
Clifton B. Rawles​ 2006 - Alejandra Rincón​
Thedore Sherron​ 2007 - Advancement Via Individual Determination​
Anthonio Solorzano, Jr.​ 2008 - College Goal Sunday​
1989 - Betty Fairfax ​ 2009 - Admission Possible ​
1990 - Samuel H. Johnson ​ 2010 - Aliza Gilbert​
1991 - Silas Purnell ​ Posse Foundation​
1992 - J. Alan Marks ​ 2011 - Chris Milton​
Betty Schneider​ Karen Staller
1993 - Carl F. Brown
2012 - Richard Alvarez
2013 - Alfred Herrera and Julie Kampschroeder
2014 - Janice Downing