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Parker A. Suddeth, coordinator of the Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at St. Bonaventure University, was recognized by the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Saturday, June 23.
Suddeth received the organization’s Distinguished Member of the Year Award for demonstrating the core values of the Buffalo Urban League: engagement, empowerment and education of the next generation. He was among 10 individuals honored during the Young Professionals’ Annual Queen City Soiree.
The Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals is a non-profit, volunteer auxiliary of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 committed to giving back to the Buffalo Niagara Community through support of the Buffalo Urban League’s mission.
“Community engagement is a vital part of the work we do within the university,” said Suddeth, who joined the university community in 2015.
He has worked with key stakeholders within the university community to strategically established initiatives that foster a more equitable and inclusive climate for all students, such as working with faculty to develop two additions to the university’s new general education curricula; the first being SBU 102 “An Introduction to Contemporary Diversity” course that all first-year students are required to take. He also co-chaired the Diversity Distribution Committee that developed the criteria for courses to be given the “D” (Diversity) designation. Alongside colleague Dr. Amanda Winkelsas, Suddeth has worked to establish LEAD (Learning, Educating and Advocating for Diversity), an initiative that educates students, faculty and staff on ways to foster inclusion across a plethora of topics regarding diversity and equity.
In addition to being a member of the Buffalo Urban League’s affiliate Young Professionals, Suddeth is also a member of the Rotary Club of Olean and is a newly elected board member of the Southern Tier Symphony. On campus, he is a member of the president’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion, the Strategic Planning Commission’s Community & Diversity task force.
Prior to his position at St. Bonaventure, Suddeth was the program coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs at The College of Wooster (Ohio). He began his career in education as an Ohio college guide for AmeriCorps in Oberlin, Ohio, where he worked with Oberlin College’s Bonner Center for Service & Learning and Oberlin High School’s Ninde Scholars college access program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2013 from Hiram College.
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