Josh Von Castle Receives Peace Award

Posted by Monica Hoel
Josh was cited for his service and leadership.

Josh von Castle serves Emory & Henry as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Housing & Residence Life. He has been honored by the Southern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) with their annual Peace Award. SEAHO is made up of every college and university in ten states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Peace Award is presented to a SEAHO member to honor and recognize outstanding contributions and service to the Southern Association region through the advancement of diversity and multiculturalism. Such advancement can be attributed to advocacy, leadership, mentorship, educational initiatives, and programming. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional service in the areas of diversity and multiculturalism on their home campus and/or to SEAHO.

Josh was nominated by an E&H student who pointed out his tireless work toward creating space for conversation about inclusion on the E&H campus. She stated that he had been a mentor to her and other students, and that he had shown great leadership not only in tackling difficult topics but also as a servant leader: Josh has also been a major figure in overseas mission trips to Nepal, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago.

He has led initiatives to integrate Safe Zone training into the E&H community and all orientation leaders are now required to take the training. 

The student’s nomination letter also held him up as an example based on how he lives his life: “Josh continuously shows bravery and courage in sharing his own experiences as an LGBTQ community member from Appalachia. His willingness to counter experiences of hate or bias with education and kindness are demonstrative of the amazing character that he upholds.”

The award was presented at the annual SEAHO meeting in 2019.

  • Josh von Castle receives Peace Award at annual SEAHO conference.
    Josh von Castle receives Peace Award at annual SEAHO conference.

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