Alum Receives Embracing Our Differences Award

May 9, 2019
2019 Teron Buford Embracing Our Differences Award

Teron Buford '10 BSW, '18 MSW was honored at St. Thomas' Years of Service Celebration in April as "a staff member who has demonstrated St. Thomas’ commitment to diversity and inclusion as reflected in our 7 Convictions, as well as our strategic plan."

Teron has worked at St. Thomas since he graduated with his BSW in 2010. He joined the university as an admissions counselor and then as assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment. In fall 2017, he was named associate director of admissions for St. Thomas' new Dougherty Family College (View "The Social Worker on the Front Line of Doughterty Family College," article from 2017») and graduated with his MSW in 2018, which he completed while continuing his many professional and personal commitments.

The 2019 Embracing Our Differences Award was presented to Teron by Michelle Thom, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at the University of St. Thomas. Among her remarks she shared, "Students often go directly to this individual for advice and counsel before any other department. This person makes themselves available for any effort designed to advance the needs and interests of under-represented students and employees. ... They are a caring person and a strong role model for all, routinely practicing the kind of behavior we seek from all our employees when it comes to being welcoming and open to differences, and treating people with dignity and respect. ... They are called upon frequently to participate in university-wide initiatives on diversity and inclusion. They make the time to participate in all D&I efforts because they believe in its importance to our community. This past year, they have been an active participant on several committees, including the project team focused on recruiting and retaining diverse employees; admission's staff development committee, and admission’s student of color recruitment committee. In addition, this individual is active in our local community as a member of their faith community and as a highly sought after basketball referee."

Congratulations Teron - you truly embody what it means to be a social worker!