MSU’s Buys named IHL Variety Educator of the 12 months; Gardner additionally acknowledged

MSU’s Buys named IHL Variety Educator of the 12 months; Gardner additionally acknowledged

Contact: James Carskadon

MSU’s Buys named IHL Variety Educator of the 12 months; Gardner additionally acknowledged
Ormella Cummings, left, chair of the IHL Board of Trustees Variety Committee, and MSU President Mark E. Keenum current MSU Affiliate Professor of Meals Science, Diet and Well being Promotion David Buys with IHL’s 2023 Variety Educator of the 12 months award. (Submitted photograph)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State school members had been acknowledged Thursday [Feb. 16] by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Establishments of Increased Studying for his or her efforts supporting range and inclusion.

David Buys, affiliate professor within the Division of Meals Science, Diet and Well being Promotion and MSU Extension State Well being Specialist, was named the 2023 total IHL Variety Educator of the 12 months in the course of the board’s annual Variety and Inclusion Awards ceremony.

Antonio Gardner, affiliate professor within the Division of Meals Science, Diet and Well being Promotion, additionally was amongst school from throughout the state acknowledged for his or her impression in advancing range.

Antonio Gardner is presented with a 2023 IHL Diversity Award.
Ormella Cummings, left, chair of the IHL Board of Trustees Variety Committee, MSU President Mark E. Keenum and MSU Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medication Keith Coble current MSU Affiliate Professor of Meals Science, Diet and Well being Promotion Antonio Gardner with an IHL Excellence in Variety and Inclusion Award.(Submitted photograph)

In his position at MSU, Buys offers community-based well being schooling and coaching for Extension brokers in Mississippi’s 82 counties. He has been a frontrunner on tasks to cut back weight problems and opioid use, in addition to an effort to help psychological well being amongst farmers and rural populations. His broadly cited analysis explores the social causes of inequity in well being and illness, notably for individuals of coloration and getting old adults. As an educator, Buys works to create an inclusive setting in all of his educating, analysis and repair actions. He’s additionally co-chair of the Campus Local weather Workgroup, which has been partnering with the Division of Entry, Variety and Inclusion to grasp and deal with challenges confronted by underrepresented populations on campus.

“Dr. Buys is obsessed with range and inclusion, and he has made our campus and our state higher by working to convey individuals collectively,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum mentioned. “He’s working to enhance the well being and well-being of all Mississippians by progressive applications to forestall and handle power illness, promote psychological well being, and create wholesome residence environments. He’s additionally dedicated to our college students and strives to reinforce their sense of belonging no matter their backgrounds could also be.”

Buys credited his schooling and religion for displaying him the necessity to deal with inequalities in society.

“I grew up in a rural, primarily white neighborhood the place I wasn’t uncovered to a lot range of race or views,” mentioned Buys. “My schooling gave me the thoughts to know we have to attempt for a extra equitable society, and my religion offers me the center to know higher. You have to have each to maneuver the needle expeditiously. Mississippi State, being probably the most numerous faculties within the SEC and a land-grant college with a mission to serve, has given me an important alternative to observe that.”

Gardner joined MSU’s school ranks in 2016 after finishing his doctorate in well being schooling and well being promotion on the College of Alabama. Though he primarily teaches graduate college students, he has mentored quite a few underrepresented undergraduate college students, offering steering on pursuing graduate {and professional} levels. Gardner has served on the President’s Fee on the Standing of Minorities and labored to make sure that MSU’s messaging in the course of the return to campus from COVID-19 was tailor-made for the broadest doable attain. As a trustee of the Society for Public Well being Schooling, he proposed and applied the Leaders in Fairness & Variety Fellowship program to assist diversify the management inside the group and the general public well being career.

MSU is Mississippi’s main college, out there on-line at www.msstate.edu.

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