With a little over a month left until convention, MRN is excited to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 MRN Awards!
MRN Outstanding Initiative for Multiracial Awareness Award
is presented to
for exemplifying an innovative approach to exploring the unique experiences of multiracial students or professionals
Jenifer Logia is an Outreach Coordinator and Management Fellow for the County of San Mateo, and is also the President and Founder of the UCLA Mixed Alumni Association. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 with a B.A. in International Development Studies and Asian American Studies.
As an undergraduate student, Jenifer served as a board member for the Mixed Student Union at UCLA for one year, and as co-director of the student organization for two years. Through Mixed Student Union, she helped organize the first and second annual Mixed Heritage Conference at UCLA, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times in 2013, and had over 100 attendees in 2014.
As President of the UCLA Mixed Alumni Association, Jenifer coordinates with UCLA alumni, students, and staff to plan events for alumni of mixed heritage/multiracial identity, and provides support for current undergraduate students.
Jenifer works in the County Manager’s Office in San Mateo County, engaging predominantly low-income residents in a variety of community development initiatives in the Bay Area.
MRN Professional of the Year Award
is presented to
For exemplifying significant achievements and contributions to their institution(s) regarding the promotion and encouragement of multiculturalism
Charlene Martinez is a multiracial Asian-Latina American, educator, mother, and cultural worker. She serves as the Associate Director of Integrated Learning for Social Change within Diversity & Cultural Engagement and is affiliated with the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University. Her current work includes developing innovative and transformative learning programs which integrate the arts and social justice education inside and outside of the classroom. She is the co-founder of a multiracial retreat, student drop-in group, and oral histories project at Oregon State University. She received her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from the Community-Based Block Program at San Diego State University, and her bachelor’s degree in global studies with an emphasis in culture and ideology from UC Santa Barbara. Charlene’s professional experiences include work in cross/multi-cultural centers, and student life programs at Sacramento State, Mills College, Contra Costa College, UC San Diego, and as well as a non-profit, the Rockwood Leadership Program.
MRN Research of the Year Award
is presented to
Dr. Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero
For exemplifying cutting-edge research devoted to the enhancement of multiracial education
Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero is an assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the Ohio State University. He received a Ph.D. in Education (with an emphasis in Higher Education & Organizational Change) from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked as a Graduate Student Researcher for UCLA’s Office of Residential Life and served as a Graduate Fellow in UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics. These experiences integrated his background in Human Biology (BS, Michigan State University) and Student Affairs Administration (MA, Michigan State University). He has worked in multicultural affairs units across several institutions, including New York University and the University of Arizona. Marc’s research interests focus on diversity and social justice issues in higher education and student affairs, with specific attention to advancing and nuancing understandings of multiraciality. He has given over 70 presentations on best practices and research findings at conferences around the country and has co-authored over 25 articles and book chapters focusing on diversity related issues. Marc is active in several higher education associations, including being a past MRN Co-Chair and currently an editorial board member for ACPA’s Journal of College Student Development and NCORE’s Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.
MRN Graduate Student of the Year Award
is presented to
For exemplifying significant promise and potential to exceed in Higher Education as well as an interest in promoting and encouraging multiculturalism
Victoria K. Malaney is Ph.D. student in the department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration focusing on Higher Education in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Victoria’s research interests focus on multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, race, and student activism. Victoria is a research assistant for Dr. Chrystal George Mwangi and works in the Dean of Students Office as a Special Assistant to the Deans supporting students in personal and academic crisis. Prior to graduate school, Victoriawas an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader for two years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from UMass Amherst. Victoria is the Current Chair of the American College Personnel Association’s Multiracial Network (MRN). She was formerly the Scholarship and Resources Coordinator and has been in involved with MRN since July 2012.