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'Together we can move mountains': Record attendance at MLK awards luncheon at UO

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon welcomed the most diverse class of incoming students to date to Eugene this year.

"Diversity and equity and inclusion make us a better institution," President Michael Schill said.

Now the University has posted the largest attendance yet for their annual Martin Luther King Jr Award Luncheon.

Over 200 people attended the luncheon at the Ford Alumni Ballroom Wednesday afternoon.

The luncheon honored outstanding students and campus staff.

Awards were given to over 20 students and staff who make a difference on campus. They were recognized for exemplifying qualities of Dr. King.

"The best way to build community is through love authenticity courage and empathy," Yvette Alex-Assensoh, the University's vice president for Equity and Inclusion

All award recipients were nominated by their peers who see each person uphold the qualities of the late civil rights leader.

"This is a wonderful year to remember that together we can move mountains," said Sari Pascoe, assistant vice president for Equity and Inclusion.

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