Shakopee native Ace High recently received the Diversity & Inclusion Award from Dunwoody College of Technology.
The award is given annually to students who advocate for diversity and multicultural awareness at Dunwoody and among the community.
High, who is transgender and prefers the pronouns they and their, has participated in the formation of Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA). They also co-founded a student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, pushed for gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, created awareness of gender-inclusive pronouns and supports students with disabilities.
High persisted through teen pregnancy, being a high school dropout, homelessness, drug abuse and rehab, and recently covered Dunwoody’s campus with posters for a donation drive for homeless youth.
Now High, who earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Machine Tool Technology in 2017, is working towards becoming an industrial engineer, in hopes to discover new ways to create more efficient machines.