25 Years Serving Diversity

Dec 032003
Authors: Ben Bleckley

He described himself as a “part-time, non-student hourly in

agricultural sciences.”

The CSU Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff Caucus, which is

committed to overall diversity at CSU, would have much more to


Glen Rask is a retired director of agricultural extension

education for CSU. Over the past 25 years, Rask has received the

USDA Award for Outstanding Achievement, the USDA Group Honor Award,

the CSU Jack E. Cermack Advising Award and the NACTA Charles N.

Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award.

Wednesday, the Minority Distinguished Service Award was added to

that list.

“Glen is a real gem, I tell you,” said Rajinder Ranu, the

Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff Caucus chair and a faculty member in

agricultural sciences. “I am so excited to get the chance to

(present this award).”

Ranu went on to emphasize Rask’s work with tribal colleges, the

African-American community and general student diversity in the

nation and at CSU, where he started teaching in 1972.

According to Rask’s nomination form, he has assisted with the

donation of 28 computers to tribal colleges throughout the nation,

recruited many students of diversity for the university and gave

his time to the Master of Agriculture Extension Education program,

which provides graduate education to students in remote locations.

He is also in the research project with Crownpoint Institute of

Technology Extension Service, which offers students internships in

which they work with diverse minority groups and natural


This was the first time the Minority Distinguished Service Award

has been bestowed. The honor is reserved for retired faculty and

staff members who have made contributions to diversity.

Gloria Balderrama, a staff member in the math department, was

also to be presented with the award but was unable to attend the

event because of the flu.

“Recognition for the work you’ve done, especially by your peers,

is extremely important, so it means a lot,” Rask said.

Rask said his background is what drove him to contribute to

diversity. He is the first member of his family to graduate from

high school.

“Having the opportunity to help other young people to make that

transition (motivated me).”

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