Allison Hector-Alexander, director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions at Durham College (DC), was presented the 2019 Madiba Award February 2 at the Durham Black History Month celebration in Ajax. The award recognizes a community leader of African ancestry in Durham Region who embodies Nelson Mandela’s values, vision and commitment to overcoming barriers.
Hector-Alexander is an advocate of students and employees alike. She developed the college’s policy, training and programming to support DC’s sexual violence mandate, was the driving force behind the creation of all-gender washrooms on campus and led the college in launching the Black Student Success Network, an initiative that provides opportunities for mentoring, networking and overall support to black students.
She has also been recognized as a champion by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PLFAG), received the Diversity Champion Award from the Local Diversity & Immigration Partnership Council, and led the creation of access, transitions and retention programming for students who may face multiple barriers.
She is known to advocate for women who are survivors of abuse and developed and facilitated skills programs to assist them from violence to independence. She has worked with a wide range of clients including at-risk and street-involved youth, Ontario Works recipients and new immigrants.