Aida Hutz-Midgett – Faculty Hero
Dr. Aida Hutz is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Montana. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Psychology and M.A. in Community Counseling from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has been in the department of Counselor Education 3 years. She was instrumental in helping form a chapter of Counselors for Social Justice on the Boise State campus. She has also taken on the role of debrief coordinator for Tunnel of Oppression, one of the most impactful events on campus. Dr. Hutz has served as the Human Rights Committee chair for Idaho Counseling Association and has won a national ward for her participation. Her nominator says “she is a light on a world of intolerance and has truly made a difference in the lives of the students she has touched.”
Damoni Wright – Staff Hero
Damoni Wright received his bachelor’s of Science and his Master’s in Health Education from Idaho State University. Damoni is involved with Leadership training for student involvement and in coordinating the Leadershape institute for Boise State. At Boise State he works with students in creating inclusion and leadership. He is passionate about helping students develop and teaches leadership classes. He is a strong supporter of Human Rights issues and works hard to expose students to different perspectives. Damoni’s nominator says ” he is a joy to work with and a strong colleague, his students adore him and there is good reason.
Briar Nakamoto – Student Hero
Briar Nakamoto is from Kaneohe, Hawaii. He is studying General Business at Boise State. Prior to becoming involved in Tunnel of Oppression, Briar understood that there was injustice but he did not know what he could do about it. He worked hard this year to understand how he could make a difference and has been vocal and involved ever since. Briar was responsible for the theater on MicroAgressions and brought to light one of the most prevalent issues in our society. He was involved with Tunnel of Oppression, Street Theater, Chavez Week and several demonstrations on the quad and campus. As a student is is beginning to find his voice and it is a strong one. As a native Hawaiian he sees the correlation between what happened to the native people on this continent and on his home islands and it empowers him to continue to fight for social justice. His nominator calls Briar a “new strong voice to campus awareness”.
Dagen Downward – Student Hero
Dagen Downward is from Battle Mountain Nevada. He studies Entrepreneurship & Management at Boise State. As a founding member of Student Activist for Equality (SAFE) Dagen has been vocal and involved in different areas of activism. Dagen has been involved with such events as Add the Words, Idaho, Women’s Reproductive Health Issues, Immigration, Marriage Equality, Indigenous Peoples Issues and Tunnel of Oppression. His nominator said “He thinks deeply about the issues and applies himself to what he has learned.”
Emilie Jackson-Edney – Community Hero
Emilie Jackson-Edney serves on the board of Idaho Equality; is on the education outreach committee for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; plays a leadership role in the Tri-States Transgender support group; is on the LGBT advisory board for the Department of Health and Welfare’s Project Filter program; is a coalition member for Idahoans for Fairness; is on the advisory board for the 2010 Census’ Voices United Task force; volunteers at The Community Center; and is a citizen member bagpiper with the City of Boise Police Pipes and Drums. She has received the United Vision 2008 Progressive Grassroots Leader of the Year award, and The Community Center’s Elm Award for Outstanding Community Leader of the Year . She has been honored by the Boise State University Women’s Center with the “2010 Women Making History in Idaho” award. Senator Nicole LeFavour has said about Emilie, :” She’s probably one of the most important LGBT activists in Idaho right now.”
Cody Hafer – Alumni Hero
Cody Hafer is a Twin Falls High graduate and a Boise State alumni with a degree in Social Work. He has been on the front lines of the Add the Words, Idaho campaign. He served as the statewide coordinator for the Day of Action on Jan. 28. Cody helped organize rallies, vigils and protests in 13 Idaho cities, including Twin Falls where he is from. Cody has worked as a Social Work Intern for the LGBTQIA Lounge and as a Gender Equity Peer Educator at Boise State University Women’s Center and is a 4 year veteran of Boise state University’s Tunnel of Oppression. His nominators said this him: “Cody is an amazingly strong and caring individual. It is an honor to work alongside him in the things he believes in.”