College of Medicine graduate student receives Diversity Champion Award
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Darshan Trivedi, a graduate student in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Penn State College of Medicine, recently received the Diversity Champions Award. The honor is presented by the Campus Council to recognize employees, faculty and students who have contributed significantly to the diversity climate of the Penn State Hershey campus.
Trivedi, who was born and raised in India, was selected due to his efforts to educate others about the Indian culture through several educational programs on campus. He finished his undergraduate and master's degrees in India and moved to the United States to pursue doctorate studies in 2008. He will complete work on his Ph.D. in physiology in August.
Trivedi is the founder and former president of the Association of Indians at Hershey (AIH), created to spread Indian diversity on campus and to educate people of Penn State with cultures, traditions and festivals of India. Over the past two years, the AIH has hosted a number of cultural activities on campus and raised more than $3,000 to be donated to the American RedCross and AID-India, an organization supporting grassroots projects in India.