Wyoming Senior Jahmari Moore Selected as the Winner of the Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award
PRESS RELEASE: Moore Will Graduate This Spring With Bachelor’s Degrees in Secondary Education and Political Science
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - University of Wyoming senior football student-athlete Jahmari Moore has been named the winner of this year’s Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award at the University of Wyoming. The winner and all nominees were recognized this week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue Virtual Award Ceremony. The MLK DOD steering committee funds the award. This year’s MLK DOD theme is: Black Lives Matter -- Strides Toward Freedom and Justice.
A senior from Oak Park, Ill., Moore has been active in multiple social justice initiatives on the UW campus and in the Laramie community during his time as a UW student. He actively reached out to involve his teammates and coaches in those initiatives, including marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and exploring ways to make the lives of minority students better during their time at the University of Wyoming. Among the ways Moore sought to improve UW minority students’ experience at UW was by exploring ways to improve diversity and inclusion requirements within UW’s undergraduate curriculum.
“Receiving this award is more than recognition for me. It is another step for greater change,” said Moore. “I know far too many people who are tired and exhausted from all of their screams being unheard and misrepresented. While I am honored to receive this award, I want to dedicate this award to those who work in silence everyday and may not always see progress -- those who work tirelessly towards positive change but are discouraged. I am honored to receive this award because I represent those people and others as well.”
Moore came to the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship in 2017. He has been a valuable member of the Cowboy football team as a fullback/tight end, special teams performer and leader over the past four seasons. He earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors each of his four years playing for the Cowboys. Moore will graduate in the spring of 2021 with bachelor’s degrees in secondary education (with an emphasis in social studies) and in political science.
UW Faculty Athletics Representative Alyson Hagy nominated Moore for this year’s Willena Stanford Award. When she recalls her first meeting with Moore, Hagy describes it by saying, “He impressed me then as an unusually thoughtful, even wise, young man. That impression has only deepened over the years. Jahmari’s not a star on the football team; he has, however, been a leader from the start. His peers respect him and seek him out for advice.”
University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl said of Moore, “Jahmari’s leadership has left an indelible impression on our campus,”
And University of Wyoming Director of Athletics Tom Burman said, “Jahmari has been a leader since his arrival at UW. He is passionate about social justice and that was evident this past spring. He was active in community events and a thoughtful voice in our internal dialog and how it impacts the young men and women in our programs.”
The Commitment to Diversity Award is named after Dr. Willena Wilkinson Stanford, a former faculty member in the UW Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. Dr. Stanford demonstrated a commitment to the education of all students during her tenure at UW. She is remembered for her contributions to the appreciation of diversity at the university and for her service on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue Steering Committee.
The Willena Stanford Diversity Award was established in 2006 to recognize students who, through their actions, have demonstrated a commitment to enhance and support diversity and equal educational opportunities for all students at UW.
The award is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) steering committee. Any UW student enrolled for the 2021 spring semester was eligible to be nominated. Nominations were accepted from UW students, faculty, staff and administrators.
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