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Dr. Dianne Green-Smith receives the GVSU Padnos International Center Pineapple Award
May 18, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Dianne Green-Smith on receiving the Pineapple Award from the GVSU Padnos International Center, which recognizes Grand Valley faculty, staff, community members, and students who advocate for international students and enrich their experience while they are in West Michigan.
Nominator: Marigold Cobbina
Nomination: She has been a great mentor and friend. She always check up on me and ask about my needs. She is a very understanding supervisor as well and showed me both but kindness. She always tries to educate me on American culture and also learn from mine.
Personal Statement: I am honored to have been nominated by Marigold Cobbina for this award. She is a remarkable young woman that I’ve grown to value, loved and appreciate. Not only does she serve as my GA, but because of her culture and mine, we are connected beings. Additionally, having traveled to Ghana multiple times, I understand some of the nuisances and experiences Marigold brought with her. Amazingly, when I think of Marigold, and when I close my eyes, I see Ghana! Ghana is a beautiful country with a rich history. It’s people are welcoming and have embraced me and the students that travel with me with opened arms. They eagerly share their resources with us. Reciprocity is a part of the exchange as we too share our resources with them.