About the Award
The award was created by the Office of Intercultural Engagement at Wheaton College, and in 2019 the very 1st award was presented posthumously to Rodney Sisco and the Sisco Family. When the Symposium was launched, the directorate decided to incorporate the awards at each Symposium, thereby recognizing Role Models on each campus the Symposium is held.
The purpose of the Rodney K. Sisco Students’ Choice Award is to recognize staff and faculty members who embody the Kingdom inclusive traits of the late Mr. Rodney K. Sisco, and who have made outstanding contributions towards advancing the purpose and goals of Wheaton’s College Christ-Centered Diversity Commitment. With Mr. Sisco’s legacy in mind, the Award celebrates student-nominated Wheaton College faculty and staff members who champion efforts resulting in greater diversity, Kingdom inclusion, justice, and unity for all Wheaton College community members.
The Symposium Directorate has since adopted the Sisco Diversity Student’s Choice Award and annually presents 2 awards – one to faculty, one to staff – also selected by the student body, at each campus where the Symposium is held. This seeks to recognize and celebrate these role models on campus.
Professor of History at Wheaton College
Assistant Director of Residence Life, and the Residence Director of Fischer Hall at Wheaton College
Dr. Danielle Warner
Associate Professor of Music at George Fox University
Program and Event Coordinator for Spiritual Life and Parent and Family Programs at George Fox University
Dr. Theon Hill
Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College
Director of Graduate Student Life at Wheaton College and a member of the college’s Diversity Council
Dr. Joe Walenciak
Professor of Business, Distinguished Professor at John Brown University
Resident Director of Upper Division Housing at John Brown University
Dr. Michael McKoy
Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Wheaton College
Pastor Raymond Chang
President of AACC, a pastor, and a writer
Dr. Nathan Cartagena
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College
Mr. Daniel Watts
Manager of the Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Greater Education (BRIDGE) program at Wheaton College