By Melanie Love
CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker (Lesley â08, Billy â06) will emcee the fourth biannual Celebration of Multiculturalism Diner April 11.
Honorees will be past President of Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association Renee Brooks (Lizzy â08, Veronica â01), Medical Director of AIDS Programs and Policy, L.A. County of Public Health Founder and Chair of Harvard-Westlakeâs African American Alumni Network Jan King â80, Director of New Roads Elementary School Pat McCabe â74, and co-founders of the Latino Parentsâ Association Tonie Pimienta (Antonieta â07, Andrea â09) and Helen Weston (Liana â07, Tamara â05).
The annual Frederick Douglass Award will also be presented to a current Harvard-Westlake student âin recognition of his or her contributions toward diversity, equity and justice,â Parentsâ Activities Liaison Portia Collins said. The honoree for the award was selected by faculty and staff and will remain secret until the evening of the event.
Hosted by the Advancement Office, the Multiculturalism Dinner was held for the first time in 2003 to celebrate members of the Harvard-Westlake community who have âassumed the obligation of leadership in civic, professional social activities to the promotion of equity, justice in a democracy,â Collins said. Past honorees include Shain Byard â02, Abby Harris â94, Adam Sofen â97, Orlantha Ambrose â99, and Brenda Simon.