Helping to make a difference in the lives of students is something that Marty Elmore takes great pride in.
“I have a deep faith in our students at Suffolk, and I find mentoring them very rewarding,” said Elmore. “I treat every student with the utmost respect and talk with them the same way I talk with my own three daughters.”
Elmore, program coordinator at the Center for Academic Access & Opportunity, was recognized for her commitment to the betterment of students when she received the 2014 Creating the Dream Award during Suffolk University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., luncheon.
The Creating the Dream Award, established in 2005, recognizes outstanding efforts toward creating an inclusive, respectful and safe climate for the Suffolk community.
Diversity Services Director Jacinda Felix Haro praised Elmore for her committed effort to Suffolk students.
“Marty is a genuinely caring person who exhibits a strong desire to help students get involved in socially just causes,” said Felix Haro. “She is committed to issues of access, equity and opportunity. She is a true gem for this institution and the students she serves.”
Elmore works with the McNair Scholars Programs and the SU DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program.
The constant in Elmore’s approach to her duties is her passion for guiding students in the right direction.
“Students come into our office with different problems and issues, usually with a worried look on their faces,” she said. “But if they leave with a positive outlook, feel encouraged and with a smile on their face, then I feel that I've helped them.”
Elmore serves on the President’s Commission on Diversity Affairs and the Social Justice Series Planning Committee and participates on subcommittees for each group.
The luncheon, celebrating the King’s life and legacy, was hosted and sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services.