2021-22 Staff Honoree - Tara Benson

Dr. Tara Benson
Associate Director of the Plaster Student Union and Director of Student Engagement
Division of Student Affairs

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Dr. Benson uses her community involvement to connect students to internships, networking and leadership positions.  She developed an implicit bias training and a 15 Day Racial Equity Challenge for the leadership of student organizations. She manages the Diversity Programming Fund and alongside the student body vice-president, created the podcast, Beyond the Barrier, which addresses issues on student leadership and engagement. Her co-creator of the podcast, Blake Haynes writes, “She strives for representation to be at the forefront of all student life, allowing student organizations to have a range of diversity and backgrounds.”