The Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award honors a faculty member, staff member, or friend of the university who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.
Rosa Thomas devotes a lot of her time to expanding students’ cultural horizons on campus. She is a wellness coordinator in the Safety, Environment and Education (SEE) Center. She is also a founding member of the Access and Diversity Staff Retention Fund, which helps UT employees expand their awareness by funding their participation in national seminars and conferences that relate to diversity and multicultural themes. She also is a member of the Commission for Blacks and the Commission for Women. She is a past recipient of the UT Citation for Extraordinary Customer Service. Thomas has been honored nationally for her work in health and wellness by the American College Health Association. She received their Ruth E. Boynton Award for Distinguished Service. She is on the advisory board for the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and works with the Black Issues Conference, Project Grad, and the Bridge Program.