October 24, 2021

UMW Senior Blossoms While ‘Planting Seed’ of Intersectionality

UMW senior Desmoné Logan won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership for her commitment to promoting equity and inclusion on campus. Photo by K Pearlman Photography.

UMW senior Desmoné Logan won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership for her commitment to promoting equity and inclusion on campus. Photo by K Pearlman Photography.

University of Mary Washington senior Desmoné Logan wields a rainbow of highlighters at the day planner displaying her dizzying schedule. RA duties get a splash of green. Pink’s for her off-campus job. And clubs? They’re listed – ubiquitously – in blue.

A biomedical major who also runs track, Logan is president of Women of Color, a Student Alumni Ambassador and a Farmer Fellow. And that’s just for starters. Because of her dexterity and dedication, she won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. With it, she’s a role model, “planting a seed” of intersectionality she hopes will take root at Mary Washington and in her planned future – a career in trauma surgery with a humanitarian twist.

Born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens, Logan moved in middle school to Chesapeake, Virginia, where she found a scant mix of ethnicities and – often under the surface, sometimes above it – a sense of discrimination. “Desmoné is passionate about diversity and social justice because of her own lived experiences,” said James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) Director Marion Sanford. “Her culture and race impact her work.” Read more.

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