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2023 Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award

The Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award recognizes a student or group for promoting cultural diversity and enrichment on campus.

Miranda Rutan

Miranda Rutan

Miranda Rutan (she/her) is a second-year doctoral student in the higher education administration program in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She serves as the graduate research assistant for CEHHS’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, where she primarily supports educational programming and resource development.

What does being a Volunteer mean to you? How has UT empowered you to make a difference in a way you might not have imagined elsewhere?

“Being a Volunteer means being part of a greater community. As Volunteers, we have a responsibility to support, to care for, and to challenge one another as we grow into our better selves. At UT, I found genuine connections built on vulnerability and trust that offered me the space to engage creatively in caring and advocating for community.”