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JFK University Presents Inaugural Diversity Awards

March 1, 2012

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, recognized the contributions of companies, community leaders and educators to advancing diversity with its inaugural Diversity Awards presented on Wednesday, February 29, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

The award recipients were selected from nominations received in the following categories:

  • Corporate Achievement: Recognizing a business that has cultivated and promoted diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work and learning environment.
  • Community Leader: Recognizing an individual who has demonstrated sustained and continued commitment to advocating, raising issues of diversity and protecting civil and human rights.
  • Educator: Recognizing demonstrated leadership and commitment to community well-being and/or high visibility in the community.

“On behalf of the entire John F. Kennedy University community, I am extremely proud to recognize the good works of all recipients of the Diversity Awards,” stated Dr. Steven Stargardter, President. “As we honor these individuals we live up to the University’s Mission Statement in respecting all forms of diversity.” Receiving the awards are the following companies and individuals:

Corporate Achievement

  • Emerald Consulting – Keith and Iris Archuleta. The Archuleta’s have developed the High Performing Community model to shape initiatives that foster positive youth, family, school and community outcomes. Specifically, their most recent work has focused on improving the lives of Antioch youth through developing the Youth Intervention Network. Ms. Archuleta graduated in 2004 with her JD degree from JFK University.
  • Delta One Martial Arts and Fitness Center, Inc. – Tim and Tammy Calvin. Delta One’s model of diversity and consistent contributions made to the local community literally transforms the lives of the participants. In addition to martial arts, they offer free tutoring and an after-school program which returns 20% of each child’s tuition to their respective classroom.
  • Speak Out – Felicia Gustin, Jean Caiani, Joan Miura, and Victor Lewis. Speak Out is dedicated to the advancement of education, racial and social justice, cultural literacy, leadership development and activism.

Community Leader

  • Norma Martinez-Rubin – Owner and principal consultant of Evaluation Focused Consulting. Ms. Martinez-Rubin’s professional background in public health education program planning, design, implementation and evaluation is her way of fostering social change through systematic inquiry for organizational decision making. She is the former Assistant Director of the University of California’s California-Mexico Health Initiative and of the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and a 2006 graduate of the MBA program at JFK University.
  • Jennipher Galvan-Speers – Veterans Services Coordinator, John F. Kennedy University. Ms. Galvan-Speers has been an advocate for employee rights and was instrumental in JFK University receiving a grant to build a new veterans center on the University’s Pleasant Hill campus. Ms. Galvan-Speers is committed to supporting the University as a Yellow Ribbon school and helping returning veterans successfully making the educational transition.


  • Dr. Marc Coronado – Chair, Women’s Studies, DeAnza College. Dr. Coronado has included migration of Mexican people to the United States and their struggles for citizenship, education, and freedom of persecution as a critical part of learning about our community.
  • Dr. Sukie Magraw – Chair, Clinical Psychology Program, John F. Kennedy University. Dr. Magraw’s work is in the areas of integrating psychodynamic, systemic and societal influences when working clinically; feminist therapy; alternative families; and the effects of oppression on the psyche. She is past president of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California and past Chair of the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Committee of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: