Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Winners

2017 Winners

Kieanna Childs-Alexander
Kieanna Childs-Alexander, an HR generalist for the State of New Jersey, is devoted to diversity and inclusion.  She is the past—and youngest-- president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Trenton Branch and she currently serves as the diversity and inclusion chair for the State of New Jersey PTA. Kieanna is an inducted member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  In addition to advocacy, Kieanna’s most heartfelt achievement with the NAACP was having the opportunity to successfully lead and conduct over 25 voter registration drives throughout Mercer County, registering countless community members and empowering scores of individuals to vote.  Kieanna has served on the National Council of Negro Women, Hamilton YMCA Special Kids Organized Recreation (SKOR), Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Mentoring  Program at Trenton Central High School. One of her NAACP colleagues describes her as “a champion within the poverty-stricken city of Trenton, known for having a character of doing what is fair and most importantly doing what is just for all people.”


Marissa Marquez, J.D., is a human resource business partner at Legacy Community Health in Houston, Texas. A granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and migrant workers, her can-do attitude, love of learning and commitment to excellence began early. She learned English as a second language at a Head Start program and was accepted into the Gifted and Talented Program in the second grade.   Marissa looks forward to attending the conference where she hopes to learn how to become an exemplary diversity and inclusion professional. One of her past supervisors wrote that “She was a true professional who did whatever it took to accomplish diverse legal tasks… Her devotion to public service is incredible.”  Marissa attended law school at the University of Texas School of Law. When Marissa was an undergraduate at Baylor University, the Hispanic Student Association honored her service by creating an award in her name, the Marissa Marquez Service Award, and made her the first recipient.  




Michael Taylor serves as the personnel director for the City of Pittsfield. A dedicated HR professional and leader, Michael wants to enhance his knowledge and skill set so that he can more effectively address workplace challenges and use his pivotal role to promote diversity and inclusion in the City of Pittsfield workforce. The Pittsfield mayor wrote about Michael’s role in a recent city career expo: “I credit Michael with the success of this fair. Building on this good work, Michael has sought to build trust and transparency among our staffers with clear and open communication. Also to that end, the Personnel Department initiated a series of ongoing cultural competency training sessions to broaden employees’ awareness and understanding of diversity and how various factors can have an impact throughout one’s life. These meaningful conversations serve as a foundation for deeper and richer engagement among employees and the community at large.”


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