Academic Affairs Office of the Provost
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Lisa vonReichbauer, Assistant Director in the Office of International Education, has been named the 2019 Diversity Enhancement Award recipient for her contributions and dedication in creating a diverse and inclusive campus at Ferris.
vonReichbauer was honored for her leadership ability in championing diversity and advancing activities that promote a welcoming and inclusive campus. “I celebrate the diverse human beings that we are: diverse voices, backgrounds, experiences, and ideas,” vonReichbauer said. “I work very hard to create an inclusive campus at Ferris so that everyone feels that the campus belongs to them.”
Vital to international student enrollment, vonReichbauer developed the curriculum for the Intensive English Program, as well as implemented the Lighthouse Symposium for TESOL professionals. “Lisa’s work was instrumental in bringing these diverse perspectives to Ferris and our partners here in Michigan and beyond,” one nominator wrote. “This Is an example of how diversity of perspectives Is being brought to classroom teaching through Lisa's efforts of working with others.”
Additionally, vonReichbauer has been involved in the development of the Beyond Initiative, Deliberative Dialogues, the Global Competency Collaborative Certificate Program, the MyPLACE Program, and China Academic Partnership Initiative, among others. She is also a mentor for international students and an immigration advisor.
“An educator at heart, my work revolves around developing, implementing, and supporting programs that promote learning about different perspectives and respecting all members of the Ferris community,” vonReichbauer said.
Employed at Ferris for the last seven years, vonReichbauer has served in various roles including being a faculty member, Coordinator of the Intensive English Program, and currently, Assistant Director of the International Office. Additionally, she is the Primary Designated School Official for immigration and student services for international students.
VonReichbauer and other recipients of the 2019 Academic Affairs Awards were recognized on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Employee Service Awards in the David L. Eisler Center.