Robert Decatur recognized as 2016 MLK Award winner

Robert Decatur recognized as
2016 MLK Award winner

Robert DecaturThe Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that Robert Decatur will be honored for his efforts to advance nonviolent social change at the 31st annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

Robert was awarded the Educational Excellence Award, which recognizes his personal commitment to academic achievement as well as a personal commitment to scholarship and/or the attainment of educational goals despite significant barriers or obstacles. Robert also has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in eradicating systemic barriers that impede the attainment of academic excellence.

An educator for more than 26 years, Decatur has assisted with tutoring youth to help them excel in their coursework and obtain scholarships. Over the years, Robert has taken numerous students under his wing, many of whom have continued their studies as graduate students. As director of ODI’s Scholars Program, Robert’s main duty is overseeing the Morrill Scholars Program, one of the nation’s largest and premier diversity scholarships. This program offers scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities to academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service. He also oversees ODI’s Campus Change Program, which provides underrepresented regional campus and transfer students with academic, personal and career support services that facilitate student success as well as a seamless transition to the main campus. In addition, Robert oversees ODI’s tutoring and study skills program, mentoring program, and the Dialogue and Discussion Series on Diversity, which offers faculty, staff, students and community members an opportunity to explore topics affecting diversity on campus and the surrounding community.

Congratulations to Robert on this well-deserved honor!


The MLK Commemorative Celebration, a free event, is sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission and will be held at noon on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio.