Nine Individuals Recognized for Their Support and Advocacy for Students with Disabilities

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Del Mar College’s (DMC) Disability Services Office recently named the 2017 “Advocates of the Year” during their fourth annual recognition ceremony. The nine honorees were selected for actively serving students with “disAbilities.” The selection committee, including two DMC staff and one student, reviewed 30 nominations before determining this year’s honorees. 

The 2017 advocates include assistant professor of nurse education Sandra Dawod and instructor of nurse education Ruby Estrada with the Nurse Education Department; term instructor Norman Gillen with the Industrial Education Department; disability services specialist Brenda Garcia with the Transition Center’s Disability Services Office; assistant professor of political science Dr. Paul Gottemoller with the Social Sciences Department; term instructor Annabeth Hattox with the Stone Writing Center; associate professor of business Drue Jones with the Business Administration Department; instructor of nurse education Helen Manibusan with the Nurse Education Department; and associate professor of history Dr. Mark Robbins with the Social Sciences Department. 

Granted to DMC faculty and staff members, the award recognizes these individuals’ significant service through advocacy and support by providing memorable and meaningful experiences and demonstrating deep commitment to the advancement of students with varying disabilities.

Disability Awareness Month is a celebration of unity and observed in October. The College and its Disability Services Office invite the entire DMC community to participate while promoting awareness and appreciation of people with varying abilities.

IN THE PHOTO: Del Mar College’s Disability Services Office recognized (from left) Paul Gottemoller, Drue Jones, Annabeth Hattox, Sandra Dawod, Ruby Estrada and Helen Manibusan (not pictured: Brenda Garcia, Norman Gillen and Dr. Mark Robbins) as 2017 “Advocates of the Year” for actively supporting students with “disAbilities.”  

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