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UB Professor Honored by American College Personnel Association

By Avery Schneider

Release Date: December 2, 2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Raechele Pope of Williamsville, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education, has been recognized as a 2010 Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Foundation for her contributions to higher education.

The Diamond Honoree program honors a small group of educators each year who have made significant contributions of leadership and scholarship to their institutions, the ACPA and to students. Pope is one of 16 individuals to be recognized as a 2010 honoree.

Pope was recognized for her contributions throughout her 28-year career to the advancement of multiculturalism in the student affairs profession, as well as her scholarship and service.

Pope's multicultural education research interests include multicultural competence, psychosocial development of students of color, multicultural organization development and transformative leadership. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals.

"I kept thinking I hadn't done enough to deserve this award -- there's so much more to do," she said. "I always look at the people who are my mentors and my models and I just think that there's so many more students to serve, so many more ways to help the profession. I just continue to want to live up to any of these awards."

Pope is also a past recipient of the ACPA's Emerging Scholar Award and its award for outstanding contribution to multicultural education, as well as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member.

With nearly 8,500 members representing 1,500 private and public institutions around the world, the ACPA is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.