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Dominic Dorsey, director of Disability Support Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is officially a Champion of Community Engagement.

dorsey dominic1Dorsey was honored by The Empower Indy Inc. in conjunction with the Powerhouse Church of Indianapolis Inc., at the Second Annual EmPOWERment Black Tie Gala on May 18 at The Sheraton Hotel in Indianapolis.

The organization annually honors those who have committed their life to justice and the empowerment of the community. In its award letter, Dorsey was commended for an “unfailing fight and commitment to social equality. Because of your inspiring vision to empower the marginalized through your life, especially as it pertains to the LGBT community and gender equality, it is our great pleasure to honor you for your amazing work.”

“I am extremely humbled to be this year’s recipient of the Champions of Community Engagement Award,” Dorsey said. “Everything I do from the perspective of an activist and community organizer is to improve this world that my children will one day inherit.

“Alice Walker once said, ‘Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.’ There’s not a single day that goes by where rent is not due. I believe in liberation and that none of us are free until all of us are free, so I fight for my family, and I fight for the day when fighting against oppression will no longer be necessary.”

Dorsey arrived at SIUE in January 2018 after serving as associate director of Adaptive Educational Services at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis since 2014.