Staff Senate Names Hazeur Outstanding Supervisor

Posted: March 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

Camille Hazeur
Camille Hazeur
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Camille Hazeur, director, Office of Equity and Diversity Services (OEDS), is the recipient of the spring 2005 Outstanding Supervisor Award sponsored by the Staff Senate. The Outstanding Supervisor Award will be presented today at 1 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall, during the university’s recognition awards ceremony.

Hazeur joined OEDS in January 2004 and has tackled difficult situations with ease and professionalism, her staff says.

“During her first year with George Mason, Ms. Hazeur has taken the office to full throttle from where it was and where it is now to where it will be in the near future. Today our office is thriving, and it is because of [her],” says Arash Habibzadeh, EO analyst/project manager, OEDS. “She is dedicated to the university’s continuing commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity both in employment and educational practices. I have observed my boss work miracles countless times. I have been present when she has helped individuals in what seemed to be desperately difficult situations. She has turned tears into smiles.”

Hazeur was surprised when she found out she had received the award. “My staff pulled a ‘fast one’ on me because I had no idea they nominated me. I’m also very flattered and proud—I feel so lucky to work with such a warm, compassionate, caring, and committed group of people—to have them honor me is just overwhelming,” she says. “I’ve learned over the years that I’ve been personally enriched by all the many different kinds of people I’ve met and worked with—it’s been a gift, really. People from all walks of life, cultural experiences, points of view—it keeps me quite literally excited about being alive and tuned in—like reading a new adventure novel each and every day. It’s great work. And I love working in the academic community where the natural flow of new people keeps the energy high.”

According to Yvette Bradbie, senior investigator, OEDS, “Ms. Hazeur demonstrated the professionalism, leadership, competency, resourcefulness, and enthusiasm that enabled our staff to work together as a team and get the job done. Ms. Hazeur should be commended for her outstanding job of encouraging, supporting, and providing guidance to our staff.”

John Green, investigator, OEDS, nominated Hazeur for the award. “We have weekly staff meetings with food compliments of Ms. Hazeur to promote open dialogue and a pleasant atmosphere for everyone in the office. She makes a very open and comfortable environment that forces us to stay true to our department’s core vision and encourages us to speak freely. She listens with a sympathetic ear to all of our ideas and suggestions, whether good or bad,” he says.

Yolanda King, administrative staff assistant, OEDS, says, “Camille is one of the most caring, thoughtful, generous, and considerate supervisors I have ever known. She makes herself available to her staff and the Mason community when a problem arises. I have observed with a great sense of admiration the way she communicates with faculty, staff, and students. Camille is truly committed to equality for all.”

“Out of what could be, and sometimes is, chaos, Camille has helped us work toward a more positive direction for the office. She has encouraged all of us to develop our positions in ways that support the work and goals of the office and our personal and professional growth, providing guidance to those new to their responsibilities and independence to those experienced in their jobs,” says Ruth Townsend, associate director and ADA coordinator, OEDS. “She is a great asset to the George Mason community and a delight to work with.”

Hazeur received her bachelor’s degree from Dunbarton College of Holy Cross in Washington and her master’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She also did doctoral work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before coming to George Mason, Hazeur was dean of students at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and before that spent 10 years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as director of diversity resources and educational services.

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