Talina Knox, program coordinator for the Murray Center for Women in Technology at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT), received the Constance A. Murray Diversity Award during university convocation. The award recognizes Knox, of Hillside, for fostering diversity on the NJIT campus.
The award is named after Constance A. Murray, who served as NJIT’s dean of student services from 1978 until her death in 1994. Murray devoted her life to enhancing opportunities for all - especially minorities and women. Like Murray, Knox is a nurturing person with a deep commitment to social justice and a long record of promoting diversity at NJIT.
Knox’s efforts to create diversity transcend the requirements of her job description. Although she is officially a part-time employee, Knox makes a full-time commitment to the center and is devoted to enhancing the lives and advancing the careers of women and minorities. She has been a passionate advocate for social change within the university and within the larger Newark community. For many years she has been an active member of NJIT’s Affirmative Action and Human Relations Council, most recently as chairwoman. She runs many events on the NJIT campus including the Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure.
Knox is well-known across the NJIT campus as the go-to person whenever a student needs help, advice, support or a sympathetic ear. She personifies the heart and soul of the Murray Center, and epitomizes the sprit of diversity.