Excellence in Diversity Award

Excellence in Diversity Awards 2019

Western Michigan University will recognize campus efforts toward promoting diversity and inclusion by honoring three recipients of Excellence in Diversity Awards during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Trailblazer for Diversity Award:  Dr. Kirsty Eisenhart

Eisenhart was selected for the Trailblazer for Diversity Award for demonstrating innovation in her efforts to incorporate diversity into her work on campus and for being committed to further developing sustainable practices that will positively impact the University.

Nominators said has surpassed the role of merely teaching but intentionally creating a classroom environment that was inclusive. As a math instructor, she has modeled for faculty how to create a learning environment that is truly inclusive for students with disabilities. She continuously revises her curriculum to ensure inclusivity as well as creating spaces in which students have access and are connected to resources. Eisenhart’s efforts contribute to student retention. Her nominator describes her as selfless as evidenced by her offering of her time to students to provide tutoring and delivering math content in a none visual manner to better assist students with visual impairments.

Excellence in Diversity Award: The Graduate College

The Graduate College is the recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award for its long-standing efforts in recruiting and retaining diverse students. Some examples are the intentional development of mechanisms to support historically underrepresented graduate students financially, academically and socially. The college offers fellowships, notably the King Parks Chavez Future Faculty Fellowship, the Thurgood Marshall Doctoral Fellowship, mentorship programs, and professional development opportunities for graduate students. To provide strong support for historically underrepresented graduate students, the Graduate College offers assistance to educate faculty on being effective mentors for these students especially in understanding the impact of microaggressions and bias experienced by these students. To quote the nominator: “Included in the efforts to recruit, retain, support and graduate a diverse population of students…we actively partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to develop a pipeline for student recruitment.” In addition, the Graduate College had several letters of support from faculty, alumni who have benefitted from the efforts and retired administrator.T

The Rising Star in Diversity Award: Committee for Diversity and Inclusion of the College of Health and Human Services

The Rising Star in Diversity Award focuses on those who are new contributors to the work of advancing diversity and inclusion on WMU’s campus with significant impact. The 2019 recipient is the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Health and Human Services. As many of the academic colleges have begun to create diversity committees, CHHS has been intentional in ensuring that the membership of its diversity committee is diverse. The group is committed to sharing an inclusive perspective of diversity and multiculturalism. The CHHS Diversity Committee in this past year has been keen on offering support and program to faculty, staff and students in order to create an environment that is welcoming to all. The committee has actively engaged in preparing staff, faculty and community affiliates to share the college’s belief in an inclusive environment which is reflective in the classroom and the health care profession. The college host’s a biennial one-day diversity and inclusion conference for students, faculty staff and community members. To quote the nominator: “This committee exemplifies what diversity and inclusion really means.”

"The committee selected the three recipients from a competitive group of nominees" says Dr. Candy McCorkle, WMU vice president for diversity and inclusion. "This award demonstrates that WMU sees the necessity for us as a community to value diversity and inclusion. Often, it is assumed that diversity and inclusion have to be the work of those directly charged with the work. But, as these awards demonstrate, diversity and inclusion are the work and passion of the campus."

Excellence in Diversity Awards 2018

The University's Excellence in Diversity Awards Selection Committee sought nominations of groups or individuals of employees, students or WMU community members who exemplify the importance of diversity and inclusion. The selected recipients will be recognized at the 2018 Spring Convocation Recognition of Discovery, Diversity, and Global Engagement on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend and congratulate the awardees.

Excellence in Diversity Award: Dr. Donna Talbot

Trailblazer for Diversity Award: Marcy Peake

Rising Star in Diversity Award: Dawnielle Simmons and the Student Assembly for Racial Equity and Cultural Inclusion (SAREC)

Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017

The University's Excellence in Diversity Awards Selection Committee sought nominations of groups or individuals of employees, students or WMU community members who exemplify the importance of diversity and inclusion. The selected recipients were recognized at the 2017 Spring Convocation Recognition of Discovery, Diversity, and Global Engagement. Faculty, staff, students, and community members were invited to attend.

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Rising Star in Diversity Award: Megan McCoy

Trailblazers for Diversity Award: Intercultural Business Students Association

Excellence in Diversity Award: Jon Curtis

Excellence in Diversity Award: James T. Brand

Excellence in Diversity Awards 2016

The University's Excellence in Diversity Awards Selection Committee sought nominations of groups or individuals of employees, students or WMU community members who exemplify the importance of diversity and inclusion. The selected recipients were recognized at the 2016 Spring Convocation Recognition of Discovery, Diversity, and Global Engagement. Faculty, staff, students, and community members were invited to attend. View the poster.

2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipients

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Rising Star in Diversity Award: Sindecuse Health Center Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Trailblazers for Diversity Award: LBGT Student Advisory Council

Excellence in Diversity Award: College of Aviation

Excellence in Diversity Award: Jeff Carr and Mariam Konaté