Timko Receives Diversity Award

Arianna Timko, a master’s degree candidate in the UNC Division of Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, recently won the University Diversity Award in the graduate/professional student category.

Timko Receives Diversity Award click to enlarge Arianna Timko

The University Diversity Award recognizes significant contribution to the enhancement, support, and/or furtherance of diversity on the campus and in the community. The award is given annually to one recipient from eight different categories: faculty, staff, undergraduate student, graduate/professional student, department or unit, student organization, alumni, and community member/organization.

As a student in UNC’s Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology program, Timko has focused primarily on the holistic rehabilitation of persons with concurrent psychiatric and physical disabilities. She is a Graduate Assistant for Interpersonal Violence Prevention at Student Wellness, working with the One ACT bystander intervention training program. In June of 2012, Arianna began research and program development for a One ACT program focused on the prevention of identity-based and sexual harassment, Beyond Bullying, which debuted in March of this year. As a graduate student facilitator for the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program, Arianna wrote and facilitates an interactive workshop on disability awareness, inclusion, and advocacy for undergraduate students through the Carolina Center for Public Service.

Timko was a 2011-2012 recipient of a UNC Hospitals Volunteer Association’s Allied Health Sciences Fellowship, which are awarded to deserving allied health students who exhibit characteristics of emerging professional excellence.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Vice Provost Taffye Benson Clayton will honor Timko and other University Diversity Award recipients at a reception on April 16. Provost Bruce Carney will speak on behalf of the University.