The Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity announced the winners of the fourth annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards. Winners were selected for faculty and staff leadership, department/office/unit excellence and graduate/professional and student achievement.

The award winners will be honored at a luncheon April 19. The campus community is encouraged to attend and celebrate the contributions that each award winner has made to create a campus that values diversity and works toward and inclusive climate. RSVP to liz.roccoforte@case.edu to attend the event.

The following individuals and office will be honored at the luncheon:

  • Faculty Leadership Award: Carmen Naso, visiting assistant professor, School of Law
    For contributions or efforts made toward enhancing the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion at the university, particularly in the areas of teaching, research or service that exceeds the routine expectations of the faculty’s position.
  • Staff Leadership Award: Chevolkalee “Cookie” Jones, clerk 3, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
    For continued commitment to a culture of inclusion that encourages relationship building and diverse dialogue on campus and in the community.
  • Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award: The Department of Research Administration
    For demonstrated commitment to building a workplace and learning space that is inclusive of difference and values diversity of all kinds, as evidenced by proactive actions and undertakings that have helped create an inclusive environment.
  • Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award: Michael Knight, fourth-year medical student, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU
    For demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through academic excellence, service, volunteerism and/or research.
  • Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Patrick Vaughn, junior biology and pre-dentistry major, chemistry, dance and medical anthropology minor
    For demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through academic excellence, service, volunteerism and/or research.