Chanvisanuruk Named Staff Recipient of the Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award
May 04, 2012 - Joel Chanvisanuruk was named staff recipient of the Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award at the university’s recent Diversity Conference. The award is presented each year to highlight campus-affiliated individuals and groups whose diversity initiatives have positively impacted the university. Chanvisanuruk is the law school’s Academic Success Director and head of the Diversity Committee.
The Diversity Conference announcement reads:
In his role, Joel delivers workshops and works individually with law students to help them adapt to law school curriculum, prepare for exams and improve their academic performance in order to achieve their full academic potential as a law student. But in addition to these duties, Joel also serves as chair of the UC Law Diversity Committee which provides counseling to students regarding diversity issues, while also bringing together faculty, staff and students of the College of Law to develop proposals to support present diversity initiatives.
Working with the College of Law Office of Admissions, Joel launched “Law School 101 Day”, a program focused on educating Department of Education Trio-qualified students, diverse students and first-generation college students from regional colleges and universities on becoming an attorney. The program included diverse and first-generation faculty, students and attorneys speaking on their experiences of becoming an attorney while providing useful information on the application process, financing and academic rigor of law school. As a staff member within the College of Law, Joel is constantly talking with co-workers about how we can create a more efficient and comfortable working atmosphere for all persons such as spearheading potluck committees and staff programs that work to enrich relationships and foster inclusion and community. From race and ethnicity to gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and beyond – Joel believes that all of these areas are equally important when creating an environment that students, staff and faculty can feel comfortable.