Gregory Wilkins

Minnesota State University–Mankato

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Minnesota State University–Mankato
United States

Bio

Greg has worked at colleges and universities across the United States in North Carolina, Ohio, California, Florida, Minnesota, Washington state, and Washington, D.C. He has received numerous awards and honors across the country as well in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Thailand. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities at Minnesota State Mankato.

Greg has a passion for social justice mirrored with his work abroad and in the United States such as: ending landmine proliferation, promoting HIV/AIDS education and IV needle exchange programs, social justice concerns, and assisting non-governmental organizations. His passion for learning and empowering others has received him accolades and special recognition from his peers around the globe. 

Greg has worked with indigenous communities covering 1/3 of Earth. He spent his 2015-16 sabbatical visiting 16 universities and teaching 18 seminars in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh as well as working with indigenous communities and completing a rainforest project in Borneo. In 2014, he spent a month in Chile and Argentina teaching as well as working in the Andes and Patagonia with forest and land management projects. He has traveled throughout Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam viewing UNESCO World Heritage sites and teaching English in Buddhist monastaries as well as orphanges. He has volunteered in Guatemala for Spring Break, has built turtle habitats for sea turtles in Nicaragua, and tropical reforestation in Costa Rica as well as Australia. His interests have led him to Russia with students and faculty for a cross cultural education exchange as well as to Thailand regarding human trafficking.

In addition, Greg has worked at the Smithsonian Institution at the Museum of American Art, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, lobbied the U.S. Congress on sexual orientation and gender/identity equality with the Human Rights Campaign, raised over a million dollars for undergraduate scholarships, and completed two Olympics (1988, Seoul, Korea–Equestrian Intern, and 1996, Olympic Village Supervisor for Athlete Services). He has also assisted the Governor of North Carolina as an Ombudsman for stays of execution, completed work as a counselor for the Army Navy Academy in California, and has performed with and assisted global entertainers and performers of international acclaim.

Greg is also an accomplished artist. He has received grants with the Minnesota State Arts Board and additional funds in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, the McKnight Foundation, Springboard for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, and Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. In 2021, he was one of 16 artists selected for a one year exhibition at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and in 2019 was a semifinalist for a McKnight Fiber Artist Fellowship. He currently serves as a judge for Poetry Out Loud, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

As he is noted as saying, "Create a life of change impacting the lives of  the one or the many."

Honors and Awards

Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, Intern
Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I)
1993

Association of College Unions International - Revis Cox Memorial Award (2000)
Association of College Unions International (ACUI)
2000

Association of College Unions International - William E. Rion Award
Association of College Unions International (ACUI)
1999

Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity - Brother of the Year
Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity (DLP)
1991

Florida International University - Customer Service of the Year Award
Florida International University (FIU)
1997

Florida International University Access and Equity Award (2000)
Florida International University (FIU)
2000

Fraternity and Sorority Life, Staff Member of the Year, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Fraternity & Sorority Life
2017

Global Citizen of the Year, Minnesota State University, Mankato
President's Office
2013

Minnesota State University, Mankato - Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award
Student Government
2010

NASPA Region III New Professionals Institute
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
1996

Order of Omega, Greek Honor Society , Minnesota State University, Mankato
Fraternity & Sorority Life
2010

Who’s Who Among American College and University Students
1996

Who’s Who Among American College and University Students
1989