Anita Fleming-Rife, special assistant to the president for Equity and Diversity at the University of Northern Colorado, will be presented the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award by The Education Center, a Denver-area nonprofit provider of training and programs supporting African-American education, at the center's annual awards presentations March 1.
The award, considered by the center to be equivalent to an "educator hall of fame award," honors an outstanding black educator who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in the field of education and has dedicated his or her life to teaching, inspiring and motivating students, parents and other educators to become lifelong learners.
Past recipients of the award include Marie Greenwood, the first African-American woman to be tenured by Denver Public Schools, and who like Fleming-Rife, is a UNC alumna.
Fleming-Rife, who earned a bachelor's degree in Communications and a master's in Journalism from UNC, received her doctorate in Journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She returned to UNC to teach from 1995-1998 and again from 2008-2010, when she served as visiting professor of Africana Studies and Journalism before being named to her current position.
She previously held teaching positions and was involved in issues of diversity and inclusiveness at Penn State University and Southern Illinois University, and held communications management positions with the United Nations.
As a member of UNC President Kay Norton's executive team, Fleming-Rife helps connect diversity and community building efforts across the university,.working closely with the Dean of Students, Human Resources Office, Equity and Diversity Council and campus governance groups. She also represents UNC in discussions about diversity, climate and equity in the broader community.
Read more about Fleming-Rife's career at http://www.unco.edu/diversity/flemingrife.html.