The African/African American Heritage Award honors a Dominican University alumna/us whose life and work follows the mission of pursuing truth and giving compassionate service. It is awarded during the African/African American Heritage Reception each February.

To nominate an alumna/us for the African/African American Heritage Award, click the following Nomination form and select “African/African American Heritage Award” in the drop-down menu.

Supplemental materials that cannot be uploaded may be mailed to Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. You can also fax supplemental materials to (708) 366-4197.

Please email the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at (link sends e-mail) or call (708) 524-6286 with any questions regarding award nominations.

2019 African/African American Heritage Award Recipient: Toyia K. Stewart ’93

Toyia obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican University and an MBA from Roosevelt University. Toyia is currently the Interim Vice President of Human Resources at Roosevelt University. At Roosevelt, Toyia leads major initiatives with an amazing team of ten people in Talent Management, Health and Welfare, Compensation, Retirement and Investments, HR Technology, Employee & Labor Relations, and Title IX. Toyia has implemented and sustained

contractual agreements through successful partnerships with the university’s eight unions. She is a leader and fierce champion of diversity and inclusion at all levels of the university. In addition to HR, Toyia is excited about the strategic role she plays in Building a Stronger Roosevelt!

Prior to joining Roosevelt University, Toyia was the Manager of Diversity Programs at RR Donnelley, a Fortune 500 company. During her tenure, Toyia recruited top minority executive talent as well as reduced adverse impact through training and compliance initiatives.

Toyia dedicates much of her free time to volunteering. She is a Trustee at the Union Missionary Baptist Church. Toyia also assists several non-profit organizations that provide resources to minority teens in underserved areas, including Kappa League, TruStar, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Previous recipients of the African/African American Heritage Award

2018: Binyamin Jones ’07
2017: RoJenia (Judkins) Jones ’07, PhD
2016: Kendall Moore ’09, MD
2015: Jeffrey O. Porter ’98
2014: Marilyn Anderson Rhames ’96
2013: Patricia Ann Askew ’77
2012: Denise Dixon Ferguson ’75
2011: Vernita Jones ’61
2010: Christopher Phills ’00
2009: Dana Spell ’88
2008: Fred Sloan ’76
2007: Christopher Little ’91 (1969-2007)
2006: Emily Guss ’75
2005: Sabrena Thurmond Davis ’95