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2019 Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement Presented to Audrey Goins Cormier

Published: 11/05/2019

By: Melanie Vynalek

Auburn alumna Audrey Goins Cormier received the 2019 Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Black Alumni Weekend this September.

Goins Cormier graduated from Auburn in 1974 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and received a Master of Zoology from the university in 1976. It was Goins Cormier’s winning of a local science fair that allowed her to attend Auburn tuition-free and delve into the work in a field she loves. In the decades following, the Auburn graduate used her talents and the foundation COSAM provided to serve Chevron Corporation for 39 years.

Goins Cormier retired from Chevron Corporation about two years ago as the diversity and inclusion manager. Prior to this position, she served the corporation in numerous ways, including in environmental health and safety roles, within the environmental affairs group, as the Public Affairs’ liaison with national environmental and consumer affairs organizations, as manager of the Community Programs’ staff, and as manager of the Supplier Diversity Program.

Yet, it is more than Goins Cormier’s professional success that brought her back to Auburn earlier this fall to receive the university’s high recognition and award.

As a member of COSAM’s Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) Advisory Board, Goins Cormier works with a skilled team to further the initiatives set forth by COSAM OIED.

“Our team meets at least twice a year to provide overall strategic advice to Dr. Kimberly Mulligan and her staff regarding programs to advance diversity and inclusion in her department. We’ve also assisted in fundraising for specific projects such as the STEM GLIDE program,” Goins Cormier said.

The STEM Global Learning Immersion for Diverse Experiences (GLIDE) offers students who have never been abroad the opportunity to participate in service-based learning and engage in a new culture at no cost.

The STEM GLIDE program holds a special place for Goins Cormier as it mirrors a study abroad experience she had more than four decades ago as an Auburn student.

“My trip to the Galapagos Islands was my first trip abroad. It was extremely valuable because it taught me how to interact with others while far away from familiar surroundings. It and other study abroad programs can help students broaden their horizons and understand and appreciate the world outside their local communities and learn that we are all connected in many ways,” Goins Cormier said.

Because of this unforgettable experience, the Auburn graduate feels compelled to help others gain similar opportunities. Goins Cormier established an endowed scholarship to help students earn their education and become proud Auburn alumni.

So while the Auburn Alumni Association awarded Goins Cormier for her incredible impact and fulfilling career just a few weeks ago, her friends and family knew it was her continuous commitment to the university and its students that really made this recognition special.

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