In celebration of Black History Month, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning held its annual Diversity Awards ceremony virtually on February 18th, 2021. Leaders from each of Mississippi's public universities and the community at-large were honored and recognized for their efforts in advancing diversity and supporting underrepresented populations. Dr. Timothy Turner, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology was named the IHL 2021 Diversity Honoree for Jackson State University (JSU). Dr. Turner was nominated for this prestigious award by Dr. Alicia Mosley, JSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Over his career, Dr. Turner has contributed to bringing diversity to the field of science through his work with, and mentorship, encouragement and development of numerous undergraduates, graduates and faculty from underrepresented populations in their careers.