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The Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing leaders support Eastern as a culturally diverse campus and their efforts work towards cultivating a positive campus climate. Eastern embraces a culture of diversity by supporting and celebrating each of our constituency groups. We are excited to welcome you to our events this semester that are engineered for this purpose.

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Distinguished Service Awards

mlk_easternct-awards.jpgDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards 

The Martin Luther King Jr., Distinguished Service Awards established in 1996, remembers the altruistic efforts of Dr. King whose spirit, philosophy and teachings continue to inspire countless individuals today. As a leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. King's formative life called for commitment to serving others and to overcoming injustice for all. The awards ceremony honors members of the Eastern community and Connecticut whose contributions uphold qualities of inclusion, cultural awareness, human rights and social justice. 

Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards 

The Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards established in 2009, is in remembrance of the first woman and Italian-American elected governor in her own right in the United States. Serving as Governor of Connecticut from 1974 - 1980, Grasso's distinguished political career spanned over 45 years and she won all ten elections she ever ran in. Remembered as a trailblazer and a champion of marginalized groups, the awards ceremony honors members of the Eastern community and Connecticut who demonstrate commitment, perseverance, courage and leadership, through engaging in the work of promoting and fostering justice and peace locally, regionally and/or globally. 

cesar-chavez-award-eastern-ct..jpgCésar Chávez Distinguished Service Awards 

The César Chávez Distinguished Service Awards established in 2013, is in remembrance of Chávez, a Mexican-American union leader and civil rights activist. Chávez dedicated his life to improving treatment, pay and working conditions for farm workers. Chávez's motto was "Si, se puede" (meaning "Yes, it can be done"). A great humanitarian, the life of César Chávez was one of perseverance and the award ceremony honors members of the Eastern community and Connecticut who impact community in the areas of advocacy and social justice.

Take Back the Night 

Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Hundreds of events are held in over 30 countries annually.