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Photos of the three recipients 
Minority Access, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities, and reducing incidents of barriers to minorities. The organization has received national acclaim for its successful record of accomplishment in advancing educational, research, and employment opportunities through its National Role Models Project, conference, student internship programs, college readiness and access programs, and more. This year, at its National Role Models Conference in Washington, DC, the organization recognized two members of UTIA, among a total of five honorees from across the nation, as Faculty Mentor Role Models. They are:
 
• William (Willie) Hart, associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
• Michael (Mike) Smith, professor in the Department of Animal Science
 
In addition, Jerri Marr (forestry and natural resource management ’92) was one of the five alumni recognized as Alumni Role Models. With outstanding accomplishments behind her, Marr now serves as the US Forest Service assistant director for recreation, heritage, and volunteer resources.
 
Each of these individuals has had powerful impacts on creating and advancing access for minority students and professionals. And we are extraordinarily proud of them. Congratulations for these well-deserved honors.