Matt Boaz, chief diversity officer at Wright State University, will receive the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office 2017 Community Service Award for playing a vital role in victim advocacy and for his work with the county.
Each year the Prosecutor’s Office honors a law enforcement officer, volunteer and a community service agency or representative for their outstanding commitment and service to victims of crime.
Boaz will be recognized Monday, April 3, during a training session on combating human trafficking in the Berry Room of the Wright State Nutter Center. Held during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the training runs from 9 a.m. to noon.
First responders and allied professionals will learn to assist in the prevention and detection of human trafficking. The event is sponsored by Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center, the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and Healthy Campus Partners. Registration is required. To attend the training, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boaz joined Wright State as the director of equity and inclusion in 2013 and was named to his current position earlier this month. He is a nationally recognized leader in diversity, inclusion, equity and access. He has extensive experience in helping underrepresented students, strengthening recruiting efforts and coordinating Title IX policies.
As chief diversity officer, Boaz provides leadership in promoting a campus culture that supports diversity and inclusion, forging strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff.
“We do everything that we can to work really hard to make sure that people are provided an environment where they can work, learn, live and grow, an environment that is appropriate, safe, enriching, so that people can achieve their goals, pursue their dreams,” Boaz said.
He highlighted the work of the other members of the Office of Equity and Inclusion: Kristie Rezanka, assistant director of equity and inclusion; Lindsay Wight, Title IX investigative and training officer; and Libertad Leon, administrative specialist.
“The team we have here really cares about one another and cares about the people we serve,” Boaz said, adding, “I wouldn’t be able to do anything if it wasn’t for the work that they do. I get the credit, but they do the work. I’d be nothing without them.”
Michelle L. White, the crisis response victim advocate and outreach coordinator in the Prosecutor’s Office, praised Boaz’s work at Wright State and in the community to advocate for crime victims and to promote Title IX compliance at the university.
“He has been vital to educating students and staff about local victim services available to Wright State students and faculty,” White said. “Matt has gone above and beyond his duties to create and maintain a welcoming, supportive, equitable and safe environment for every member of his campus community, especially those that are victims of crime.”
Prior to arriving at Wright State, Boaz served as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he served as the assistant vice president for institutional diversity and director of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Boaz has also worked as a compliance officer in Baltimore and Pittsburgh for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Contract Compliance Programs.