GSU Foundation supports MLK Series and Convocation

Crim Center staff member Eshé Collins receives MLK Torch of Peace Award

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. occupies a prominent spotlight at Georgia State University this month with events honoring the people on campus whose work reflects what King stood for.

The GSU Foundation, along with other partners, helps administer funding for the series, which includes the MLK Torch of Peace Awards.

This award recognizes individuals and groups at GSU who have demonstrated, in attitude and behavior, an outstanding ability to facilitate or promote positive intercultural relations at GSU or in the community at large.

Eshé Collins, based at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence – which is funded through the foundation – will receive the MLK Torch of Peace Outstanding Staff Award.

Collins is funded through a grant awarded to the College of Education through Jumpstart, a national nonprofit that places college students and volunteers at early learning centers to help pre-K children grasp language and literacy skills.

“King’s legacy is connected to my work in urban education because I have an obligation to help my community and culture excel,” said Collins, who earned her Master of Science in Urban Teacher Leadership from the GSU College of Education.

“Dr. King showed us that our differences can help each other find a common ground of understanding and service. I am a product of urban education in the Atlanta area, and my successes are a direct result of my experiences within urban education. As a result, it is only right for me to share my journey in an effort to help others find the strength and tenacity to help themselves. In as much Dr. King left a legacy for future generations to follow, it is my hope that I can do the same.”

The Torch of Peace Awards will be given out as part of the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Others honorees include:

•    Outstanding faculty:Elizabeth L. Beck, associate professor and director of the Center for Collaborative Social Work
•    Outstanding alumnus: Dhanfu E. Elston (Ph.D, 2011)
•    Undergraduate: Grace Lee
•    Graduate student: Jenna Hyland
•    Student Organization: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

“The Office of Intercultural Relations is so thankful to our university partners that support the annual MLK Series and Convocation,” said GSU assistant dean of students Matthew K. Robison.

“The generous support of these offices and organizations such as the GSU Foundation helps Intercultural Relations provide these varied programs and events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.”

—By Michelle Hiskey; Contact Kim Cretors, (404) 413-3424