Yvonne Davis, Francis Marion University acquisitions coordinator, is the fifth recipient of the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition (AAFSC) Diversity Award. The award seeks to recognize a faculty or staff member for their significant contributions to enhance the university’s diversity and inclusiveness on and off campus.
“Yvonne is most deserving of this award. Not only does she contribute to the well-being of faculty, staff and students across this campus but her work within her profession and especially in the community have placed her in a league of her very own,” said Antwan Jacobs, chairman of the selection committee.
Davis has been employed with the university for more than 30 years and in doing so, she provides the FMU community of students, faculty, staff and regional citizens with access to scholarly information and other resources. In 2004, she was named FMU Outstanding Employee for herservice above and beyond the call of duty. Elected president of the S.C. Library Association, Davis is the first paraprofessional to serve in this capacity.
In addition, she recently received the Ethel Bond Memorial Consumer Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. This award is presented to one individual who serves on a community health center board, shows involvement in the development of a health care center and is dedicated to the community health center movement over a period of time.
As a community health advocate for more than two decades, Davis was instrumental in bringing Health Care Partners, Inc. to the rural, underserved county of Marion. A native of the county’s Friendship community, Davis says she has been the patient and activist, both of which fuel her desire to advocate for quality health care for all people.
In 2011, she received the Margaret J. Weston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Delivery. Davis was awarded the Margaret J. Weston Award in recognition of her persistence in overcoming barriers and obstacles to ensure quality health care services are provided to those most in need.