Diversity Initiatives

Student Leadership Awards

2014 Diversity Champion Student Leadership Award Winners

Allie Deford

Allie was the Co-President and Web Master of UE Pride. Allie was responsible for leading students to acquire a better understanding of gender and sexuality by running informative weekly meetings and hosting special events to raise awareness about these issues. Allie was instrumental in helping to organize the philanthropic drag show on campus with 20 performers and 200 in attendance that helped to raise over $2000.00. She also started SafeZone training on campus this year to help better educate students, faculty and staff on LGBT issues and how to provide a welcoming and safe space for those students on campus.

Allie was also involved in UE’s Association of Computing Machinery as Vice President/Secretary and the Society for Women Engineers as the Secretary, in Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math Honors Society), and the Global Living and Learning Community. Allie was presented the Toyota Motors Manufacturing of Indiana Diversity Scholar award 2 years in a row at the Annual MLK Jr. Celebration Event.

Allie reminds us all how much more Diversity and Equity work there is out in the world and that we all need to do our part to eradicate injustice.


Bianca Edelhoff

Bianca was the Vice-President of the Black Student Union. This year she was instrumental in helping BSU become involved in the MLK JR. Celebration where she read an original poem and monologue, participated in March and Rally, and attended the evening lecture. Bianca also helped BSU to organize and implement 4 events in celebration of Black History Month and coordinated BSU’s involvement in UE Gives Back day of service in the fall semester.

She was involved in National Make a Difference Day, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, Box City, Linguapalozza, the Pursuit Organization in leading their annual praise and worship event. When asked about her, Bianca’s peers say, “She is spirit-filled, she is the rock.”