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Turner receives Wilker Memorial Egalitarian Award


Crystal Turner joined UGA in June 2021 as a grants accounting specialist.

Crystal Turner has been named one of UGA’s 2022 recipients of the Ed Wilker Memorial Egalitarian Award. The honor is awarded to staff and faculty members who encourage diversity and occupational excellence in their work. Turner joined UGA in June 2021as a grants accounting specialist in the Sponsored Projects Administration.

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“It was really surprising when I got the email; it’s just an honor that people thought so highly of me to nominate me for something like this,” Turner said. “I feel like I still have a lot to learn in my role and as a part of UGA, but I view this as a steppingstone and sign that I’m heading in the right direction.”

Turner views the award as a way to promote equality and service within the UGA community. It serves as an encouragement for people who might be at a difficult point in their career.

“It shows people that everyone deserves equal chances, no matter their ethnicity or race or where they come from,” Turner said.

Turner was recognized at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization Luncheon on Sept. 21.