UO Martin Luther King Jr. award winner “embarrassed” upon attribution

Naomi Zack, a University of Oregon philosophy professor, said she was “embarrassed” to be one of six to receive the UO Martin Luther King Jr. award on Jan. 20, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“The absence of African-American senior faculty in what presents itself as a world-class research institution is an embarrassment for all members of our community,” Zack said in a statement after receiving the award.

Zack told The Chronicle of Higher Education that diversity on campus must improve, acknowledging that UO student activists are currently fighting for just that.

“This is a moment of possible institutional change because there is a level of student concern that hasn’t existed for a number of years,” Zack said.

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Olivia Decklar

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Olivia Decklar is a videographer for the Daily Emerald. You can catch her listening to Hamilton the Musical at full volume any day of the week.