Director of Diversity Education Eric Love receives 2013 Trevor R. Brown Award

Friday, May 3, 2013

Director of Diversity Education Eric Love featured in Inside IU

Eric Love, director of the Indiana University Office of Diversity Education (ODE), has been honored with the 2013 Trevor R. Brown Award. The honor is given annually by IU Student Media to a member of the IU or Bloomington community who believes in student journalists and who contributes to the valuable experience of student journalists and the long-term success of student media at Indiana University. Trevor R. Brown was the long-time dean of the IU School of Journalism and also the first recipient of the award.

"The Trevor R. Brown Award is very meaningful for me for many reasons," said Love. "I admire and respect Trevor Brown. Some of my favorite people at IU have also received this award, like Doug Bauder, IU Police Chief Keith Cash, and Ken Gros Louis," he added. "I really believe in student media, and I am proud of our publications. I love giving workshops to the IDS student staff and being a resource for them. I believe I have been quoted in close to 100 articles over the past few years. This was truly an honor."

Nominations for the Trevor R. Brown Award are submitted annually by the news staffs of IU's student media publications, the Arbutus, INside, and the Indiana Daily Student (IDS). According to the nomination supporting Love, he has served as a "tremendous resource for the IDS and IU Student Media. Every semester, he is unfailingly accessible and generous with his time–whether assisting with a media workshop or commenting on stories and issues in the IU community. Like the award's namesake, Trevor Brown, Love is supportive of Student Media's mission to contribute to an informed readership and public dialogue."

The youngest child of a bi-racial and bi-cultural couple, Love grew up in England and Idaho. As an undergrad at Boise State University, he developed a strong sense of social justice and became an outspoken human rights activist. While at BSU, Eric served as the first African American student body president. He went on to obtain a Master's degree from Idaho State University in counseling, with an emphasis in student affairs. Eric worked at ISU for five years as the Diversity Resources Coordinator and developed a number of diversity programs that are used at several universities. Among his proudest achievements was his role in Idaho's recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as a legal state holiday.

Love has served as director of ODE for nearly a decade and has been recognized by the Groups Scholars Program and the City of Bloomington for his work. This past January, at the City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan presented the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award to ODE, and Love accepted on its behalf. Created by the city's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the award recognizes a group or individual for making significant contributions in race relations, justice, and human rights.

ODE is a unit of the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. Working with the IU community to develop diversity education programs that foster cross-cultural dialogue and multicultural competencies, ODE promotes greater awareness of issues related to culture and diversity. For more information, contact elove@indiana.edu.