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Celebration of Diversity Alumni Awards


Celebration-of-Diversity-Alumni-Award-pic-finalThe Celebration of Diversity Alumni Awards is a newly-envisioned alumni award program, which began as the African American Hall of Fame Awards in 2008. To celebrate the rich diversity of the Otterbein alumni community, two alumni will be honored annually for their professional accomplishments and service contributions to Otterbein and to their community, in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Celebration of Diversity Awards.

2018 Celebration of Diversity Award Winners

Melica Hampton '04

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Melica Hampton was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and now resides in New Jersey. She graduated from Otterbein University in 2004 with a major in health promotion and fitness and holds a master’s degree in science administration with a specialization in health services and human resources from Central Michigan University.

Hampton is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and is currently employed as a human resources recruiter for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services Inc., in Union, New Jersey. Previously she was a supported education specialist in career services with Bridgeview.

Her work has included preparing students for higher education programs by helping them identify funding options for their continued education and counseling them on interviewing techniques. In 2017, Hampton was nominated for the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Honoree of the Year for her impactful work with at-risk or disadvantaged youth.

Hampton is also a published author and the CEO of Hampton Publishing House LLC. She published her first book, Dead Wrong, in August 2010. Since 2010, Hampton has published 16 books. Her books range from poetry, drama and mystery to children’s literature.

She is also involved with an organization called Conscious Connect in Springfield, Ohio, which helps people in low-income areas have access to children’s books in libraries, barbershops and around town. Hampton also helped found an annual children’s book festival in Camden, New Jersey, serving disadvantaged youth, introducing them to authors, and engaging them in literacy- related activities with adults who serve as role models.

Kyle Williams '07

Kyle WilliamsKyle Williams graduated from Otterbein University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in voice. He earned his master’s degree in science in educational leadership with a concentration of higher education-student affairs from Old Dominion University in 2009.  In 2017, he received his doctorate of education degree in higher education from Texas A&M University- Commerce.

While at Otterbein, Williams served as an Orientation Leader, was active in the University Gospel Choir and Concert Choir, and was a leader with the African American Student Union. His interest in student affairs began as a student worker in the Office of Ethnic Diversity at Otterbein, where he worked with the Diversity Educators Scholars Involved in Reaching and Educating (D.E.S.I.R.E) and Visions of You programs.

This interest led him to become a member of the Minority/National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in the National Association of Student Personnel and Administrators and to participate in the Summer Leadership Institute (now Gwen Dungy Institute) at Texas A&M University. He also completed a summer internship at Stonybrook University.

Following his degree at Old Dominion University, Williams worked as a residence director for the Sophomore Year Experience at The College of New Jersey. In 2012, he joined Texas A&M University-Commerce as the area coordinator for the Department of Residential Living and Learning. In addition, he was the co-director of the Minority Males Matter (M3) Program and director for the African American Male Mentorship Program, which assists retention efforts for African American males at the university.

Currently, Williams is the assistant director of student conduct at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), Missouri, and adjunct professor in the Masters in College Student Personnel Administration program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE). At WashU, his roles include investigating and adjudicating complaints of violation of the University Judicial Code; advising students; creating programs to educate students, staff and faculty on the judicial code; and more. At SIUE, Williams is a professor for the Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs course. He is also a financial member and advisor for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

In 2006, Williams was recognized by the Ohio College Personnel Association as an Undergraduate Student Leader for his dedicated work. Williams was awarded the National Pan-Hellenic Council Advisor of the Year for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Texas A&M University- Commerce in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

Former Award Winners (African American Hall of Fame):

2017 Celebration of Diversity Award Winner

micaela-coleman

Micaela Coleman ’10 began the journey down her career path while majoring in international studies and economics at Otterbein. Her first internship, with the Ohio House of Representatives, was the first of many steps that led to her most recent position as assistant manager of communications and investor educator for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and Ms. Virginia USA Ambassador 2016.

As a student, Coleman was a summer intern and page in the Ohio House of Representatives and a summer intern in the office of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.  After graduating, she worked as a senior legislative aide for Representative Tracy Maxwell in the Ohio House of Representatives and a campaign assistant for the re-election of Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael Coleman.

Micaela Coleman made a move to Washington, D.C., in 2011, to become a staff assistant in the economic studies program at The Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. In 2013, she became a press assistant, legislative correspondent and special assistant in the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. She has been to the White House for meetings and briefings and traveled to Silicon Valley to visit with leaders in the start-up and tech industry.

In 2015, she moved to her new role at NASAA.

“Working at NASAA to me means empowering investors to invest smartly, supporting the great work of our national securities regulators, and engaging with investor education professionals, stakeholders and advocates through social media and outreach efforts. I hope to empower and educate regular ‘mom and pop’ investors on the importance of being financially savvy, on how to approach investing for first-time investors and the steps needed in order to raise capital for a business,” said Coleman.

As Coleman moved along in her career, she also took two courses at American University: the WeLead Women and Leadership Program and the Global Business Graduate Gateway Program. 

“I enjoyed the two programs I recently completed at AU where I excelled with the academic portions of the programs; connected to the faculty, staff and greater AU community; was selected for numerous scholarships and honors; conducted and contributed original and unique research; met with thought leaders and power players within my industry; been afforded once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities; and given access to an unparalleled network of individuals and organizations,” said Coleman.

Most recently, she was selected as Ms. Virginia USA Ambassador 2016. In this role with the USA Ambassador Pageant Program, she promotes the motto of, “Success through Leadership, Integrity, Character and Confidence in today’s young women,” while giving back to her community through public service and charity work.

Additionally, Coleman mentor girls and young professionals on how they can create a personal brand, develop a meaningful, purpose-filled career and pursue their wildest dreams. She frequently gives presentations throughout the greater Washington. D.C. area on these topics. 

Coleman hopes to incorporate all of her diversified experiences into her long term career as an entrepreneur.

  • Tamara Staley ’96, 2008 Inductee

  • Eddie Harrell, Jr. ’94, 2008 Inductee

  • Melissa Johnson ’99, 2009 Inductee

  • Rayshawn Wilson ’02, 2009 Inductee

  • Dr. Andrea M. Brown ’99, 2010 Inductee

  • William Livisay, Jr. ’78, 2010 Inductee

  • Sarabella Barrett '02, 2011 Inductee

  • Jason T. Jenkins '04, 2011 Inductee

  • Mary F. Hall `64, M.A., Ph.D., 2012 Inductee

  • Wayne Cummerlander '80, 2012 Inductee

  • Micaela Coleman ’10, 2017 Inductee

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