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Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards and Luncheon

Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards and Luncheon

Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University gives awards to members of the university community in recognition of significant contributions toward enhancing the university's commitment to diversity through inclusive thinking, mindful learning and transformative dialogue.

These awards recognize and encourage such contributions that may include promoting respect, building community, establishing effective cross-cultural initiatives and advocating equity and inclusion within the university community. The entire CWRU community is invited to submit nominations and attend the luncheon.
The tenth annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A.  

Plan to attend the luncheon and nominate a friend or colleague for a diversity award. 
Nominations for the 2018 Awards are now being accepted 
The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 26, 2018.
The luncheon is free; RSVP is required. 
Please RSVP by April 2.  Reserve your seat for this event

Award Categories and Criteria

Faculty Diversity Award

Recognizes a faculty member’s contributions or efforts made toward enhancing the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism at the university, particularly in the areas of teaching, research or service that exceeds the routine expectations of the faculty’s position.

Staff Diversity Award

Recognizes a staff member who promotes a culture of inclusion that encourages relationships and interactions among people of diverse backgrounds. Also, promotes a culture that enhances human dignity, diversity and inclusion on campus.

Undergraduate Student Diversity Achievement Award

Recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through academic excellence, service, volunteerism and/or research.

Graduate/Professional Student Diversity Achievement Award

Recognizes a graduate or professional university student who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through academic excellence, service, volunteerism and/or research.

Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award

Recognizes an office, department or unit that has demonstrated a commitment to building a workplace and learning space that is inclusive of difference and values various aspects of diversity. This commitment should be evident by proactive actions including, but not limited to, inclusive policies and procedures, workshops and trainings and other undertakings that help to create an inclusive environment within the department/office or unit.

Senior Leadership Diversity Award

Recognizes a university dean, executive or other senior administrators for their contributions to campus diversity and inclusion efforts.

Collaboration Excellence Diversity Award

Recognizes a successful inclusion and/or diversity-related campus collaboration or partnership between departments, offices, institutes, organization and others. The partnerships can be an ongoing or short-term partnership.

2017 Winners

Katherine BuergerUndergraduate Student Achievement Award: Katherine Buerger

Buerger is a junior accounting major and creative writing major. Buerger is treasurer and blogger for United Protestant Campus Ministries. In addition, she volunteers at the Listening Post and cooks for the Labre Program. She has headed student inter-religious efforts on campus for the past two years and has organized panel discussions, collaborative events and Interreligious Week 2016. The week included a showing of The Mission, which details the suppression of Jesuits in South America because of their defense of the human rights of indigenous people, an open forum discussion on religion and a discussion on Islam, an interfaith Shabbat and a dinner with a panel of religious professionals from various faiths.

Connie AkinsCommunity Leadership Diversity Award : Connie Atkins

Atkins is executive director emeritus of the Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO). She was responsible for the implementation of the mission and principles of CAAO from 2001 to 2011. CAAO is a collaborative organization for black professional organizations of Northeast Ohio. She has helped to start, develop, and coach hundreds of individuals and businesses annually for nearly ten years. In addition, Atkins is a entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, adjunct professor and international business consultant. She is a member of the CWRU Supplier Diversity Initiative Council and has served on numerous community boards, including the Greater Cleveland Minority Technology Council, the Cleveland World Trade Association, the Cleveland Bridge Builders Advisory Council and others.

Paul N. MacDonald, PhDSenior Leadership Award: Paul N. MacDonald, PhD

MacDonald is the associate dean for Graduate Education in the School of Medicine and associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology. He is the director of the NIH-funded, Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, a program designed to enhance underrepresented students’ matriculation into biomedical Ph.D. training programs at CWRU and across the nation. He is committed to enhancing the graduate education mission in the School of Medicine and improving diversity in the graduate student population.
He has significantly increased the number and percentage of underrepresented doctoral students in the School of Medicine. In addition, he has served on the Diversity Leadership Council and as principal investigator of a National Institute of Health grant that supports underrepresented students who want to pursue doctorates in biomedical science fields. He also assists with recruiting graduate students and annual recruits students from universities in Puerto Rico.

Man-Sun Sy, PhDFaculty Leadership Award: Man-Sun Sy, PhD

Sy is a professor of Pathology, Medical Science, and Neurosciences at the CWRU School of Medicine. He is primary organizer and founding member of the CWRU Asian Faculty Association. The organization serves campus faculty members with an Asian origin, regardless of gender, nationality and department or school affiliation. Sy personally reached out to recruit more than 100 faculty to the Asian faculty group. He has also organized a number of activities for the organization, including a fund-raising event, workshop and picnic. Sy received his B.A., M.A. and PhD from the University of Colorado. He previously served as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, in the department of Pathology.


Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAANFaculty Leadership Award: Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN

Gary is the Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp chair and professor of Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. She created the Provost Scholars Program in 2013 to match the talents of CWRU colleagues with East Cleveland middle and high school students. She currently serves as director of the program. In addition, Gary is a research mentor for the NIH-funded Bridges to the Doctorate in Nursing for Northeastern Ohio, a CWRU School of Nursing program. Gary has also served as the associate dean for Minority Affairs and Health Disparities and as an executive consultant on the Minority Fellowship Program with the American Nurses Association. She has published more than 100 scholarly papers and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Unsung Heroes award from the North Coast Nurses Coalition and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Nurses.

Heather Clayton Terry, MPAStaff Leadership Award: Heather Clayton Terry, MPA

Terry works for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University. She is the associate director for Women in Science and Engineering. She advises the WISER  (Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable) student group and provides individual coaching to women and people of color who need help navigating male dominated fields.
Terry also helped to establish the CWRU Women of Color Series and was instrumental in forming the CWRU Family Equity Committee. She holds an executive coaching, an emotionally intelligent leader and women in leadership certificates from Weatherhead School of Management. She is a certified vocational auto-mechanic, an internationally acclaimed vocalist and a published American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers writer, who has been featured in 12 international compilation albums.


Diversity Collaboration Excellence Award

Center for International Affairs

The Center for International Affairs is the first space on campus designed to provide a “home” for international students and activities, and a central location where the university engages the business, government, foundation and civic communities around global issues. The center houses three offices - Office of Global Strategy, Office of International Student Services and the Office of Education Abroad . The center provides leadership, expertise and support to the CWRU community.

First Year Experience & Family Programs

The First Year Experience Program is committed to helping first-year students experience great “connections” at CWRU . The program is designed to assist students in their transition from high school to college by encouraging a connection with the university through academics, campus activities, residence hall programs and other events that enrich the college experience.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs serves the diverse needs of students and enhance the harmony of the multi-ethnic community through the mutual acceptance of all individuals. Unique cultural programs for African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders are held throughout the year.