Tigrai Onlne - April 11, 2014
A humble scholar, quiet leader, and a person who never shirks his responsibility to ask the difficult questions, this recipient has a sustained, long-term history for diversity work at Dominican that dates back to 1993. He has published books, financially supports a vocational school in Ethiopia all by himself, serves as a role model for faculty and students, and has been at the forefront of diversity work that has paved the way for many faculty and students of color who have entered DUOC. He has been a persistent advocate for diversity even when his questions and observations have been unpopular – so much so that his struggle to diversify the campus as one of the few faculty of color at DUOC when he started 27 years ago can be identified as a pioneering foundation for all that has followed. Multiple faculty of color and others acknowledge his deep and abiding work for diversity at DUOC, internationally, across continents, and the African Diaspora. He is recognized for his excellence in diversity work for not just his accomplishments, but for his humanity, and for always being a person who stands up for what is right and for giving voice to the diversity of people who need it most. We recognize Dr. Asayeghn Desta for his sustained efforts toward diversity and inclusion at DUOC and in the international community.