Physician assistant program's Lovest Alexander, Jr. receives Duke diversity award

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Benjamin Reese and Lovest Alexander
From left to right, Benjamin Reese, vice president of the Duke Office for Institutional Equity, with Diversity Award recipient Lovest T. Alexander Jr.

Lovest Alexander, Jr., MHS, PA-C, assistant professor of community and family medicine and director of diversity and inclusion for the Duke Physician Assistant Program, received a Duke Diversity Award Tuesday during a luncheon at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens’ Doris Duke Center.

“Mr. Alexander is a role model and sought-out mentor for faculty, staff and students at Duke and beyond,” Nicholas Hudak, an assistant professor and clinical coordinator for the physician assistant program, wrote in a nomination letter. “(He) is steadfast and authentic in fostering positive interactions between people from different cultural backgrounds.”

Two of Duke’s highest honors, the Teamwork and Diversity awards, are presented every year to employees who foster collaboration, cooperation and open communication as a team or demonstrate a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view. Diversity Award recipients received a $750 check and an engraved crystal bowl.

Read more about Alexander's award on Duke Today.