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2016 Janell Hutcherson Distinguished Service Award: Valerie Collier

2016 Janell Hutcherson Distinguished Service Award:  Valerie Collier

The School of Education Awards Committee is pleased to award the 2016 Janell Hutcherson Distinguished Service Award to Ms. Valerie Collier, Senior Program Coordinator in the Counseling and School Psychology and Research Methods Affinity Group. This annual award seeks to recognize, encourage, and reward outstanding service to the School of Education of Loyola University Chicago. This award is also designed to recognize the extraordinary contributions of our faculty and staff in forwarding the School of Education’s mission to advance professional education in the service of social justice, engaged with Chicago, the nation, and the world.

Ms. Valerie Collier has had a distinguished forty year history in the School of Education replete with examples of her commitment to the ideals of social justice and her engagement in Chicago, the nation, and the world. As Senior Program Coordinator, Ms. Collier supports the multifaceted needs of faculty, students, and professional colleagues throughout the university. Her consistent presence, knowledge, and compassion have served to benefit many over the years, making her the “go to” person for students and faculty alike. She has assisted countless students and faculty in furthering their educational interests, professional pursuits, and research endeavors always with wise counsel, empathy, humor, and an appreciation that each person is unique and special.

Ms. Collier also was co-founder of the School of Education Diversity Committee in 1990, attended Diversity Training at the National Coalition Building Institute, and has led diversity workshops for Loyola University Chicago. As a professional editor/formatter, Ms. Collier has assisted students, faculty, and alumni of this and other universities with their books and dissertations, thus helping showcase Loyola University Chicago nation-wide.

Ms. Valerie Collier has been a remarkable asset to the School of Education and Loyola University Chicago for forty years. She fully embodies what the Janelle Hutcherson Service Award recognizes—extraordinary contributions to advancing the School of Education’s mission “to advance professional education in the service of social justice, engaged in Chicago, the nation, and the world.” For these reasons and more, Ms. Valerie Collier is the 2016 recipient of the Janelle Hutcherson Service Award.