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Eric Love receives 2013 Trevor R. Brown Award for support of student media

May 16, 2013

Eric Love, director of the Indiana University Office of Diversity Education (ODE), has been honored with the 2013 Trevor R. Brown Award.

The honor is presented annually by IU Student Media to a member of the IU or Bloomington community who believes in student journalists and who contributes to the valuable experience of student journalists and the long-term success of student media at IU.

Eric Love

"I really believe in student media and I am proud of our publications," said Eric Love, recipient of the 2013 Trevor R. Brown Award. The annual honor is presented y IU Student Media to a member of the IU or Bloomington community who contributes to the valuable experience of student journalists and the long-term success of student media at IU.

Trevor R. Brown was the longtime dean of the IU School of Journalism and also the first recipient of the award.

Love said the award is meaningful to him for many reasons. “I admire and respect Trevor Brown," Love said. "Some of my favorite people at IU have also received this award, like (coordinator of campus GLBT Student Support Services) Doug Bauder, IU police chief Keith Cash and (former chancellor) Ken Gros Louis." Other past recipients of this award are athletics director Fred Glass and former dean of students Dick McKaig.

Nominations for the Trevor R. Brown Award are submitted annually by the news staffs of IU's student media publications, the Arbutus, INside and the Indiana Daily Student (IDS).

According to the nomination supporting Love, he has served as a “tremendous resource for the IDS and IU Student Media. Every semester, he is unfailingly accessible and generous with his time -- whether assisting with a media workshop or commenting on stories and issues in the IU community. Like the award's namesake, Trevor Brown, Love is supportive of Student Media's mission to contribute to an informed readership and public dialogue.”

The youngest child of a bi-racial and bi-cultural couple, Love grew up in England and Idaho.

As an undergrad at Boise State, he developed a strong sense of social justice and became an outspoken human rights activist. While at BSU, Eric served as the first African American student body president. He went on to obtain a master’s degree from Idaho State University in counseling, with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Eric worked at ISU for five years as the Diversity Resources Coordinator and developed a number of diversity programs that are used at several universities. 

Among his proudest achievements was his role in Idaho’s recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as a legal state holiday.

Love has served as director of IU's Office of Diversity Education for nearly a decade and has been recognized by the Groups Scholars Program and the City of Bloomington for his work. This past January, at the City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan presented the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award to ODE, and Love accepted on its behalf.

Created by the City's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the award recognizes a group or individual for making significant contributions in race relations, justice, and human rights.

"I really believe in student media and I am proud of our publications," Love said of the Trevor R. Brown Award. "I love giving workshops to the IDS student staff and being a resource for them. I believe I have been quoted in close to 100 articles over the past few years. This was truly an honor.”

ODE is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. Working with the IU community to develop diversity education programs that foster cross-cultural dialogue and multicultural competencies, ODE promotes greater awareness of issues related to culture and diversity. For more information, contact elove@indiana.edu.

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