Annual Diversity Achievement Awards

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 contributions that promote respect, build community, establish effective cross-cultural initiatives and advocate equity and inclusion within the university community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 awards and details about the selection criteria can be found in the nomination form. Joint nominations may be considered for individual diversity awards, particularly for nominees who have collaborated closely on diversity-related programming, initiatives, and events. The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

If you have any questions, contact Michael Bustamante at

Award Categories and Criteria

Faculty Diversity Excellence 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 Excellence 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 Excellence 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 Excellence 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 Diversity 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 Excellence Award

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

Collaboration Diversity Excellence 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.

2020-21 Winners

Graduate/Professional Student Diversity Excellence Award: Mirna Martinez

Mirna Martinez

Mirna Martinez graduated from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in May 2020. Following graduation, she worked at MetroHealth's Trauma Recovery Center, part of project RISE (Resilience in Immigrants through Support and Education). Currently, she is a clinical case manager at a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, providing intensive case management services and serving the homeless population. She is a board member for the Latinx Alumni Association at Case Western Reserve University.

Faculty Diversity Excellence Award: Anant Madabhushi


Anant Madabhushi is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve and director of the university’s Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics. He is also a research scientist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center and has affiliate appointments at University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic. He holds secondary appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Urology, Radiology, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and General Medical Sciences at CWRU.  

In 2020, he received the Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring at CWRU. Among his numerous outstanding achievements, Madabhushi's work on using artificial intelligence for addressing health disparities, especially in identifying differences in appearance of prostate cancer between Black and white men, received national attention in 2020.

Madabhushi has more than 100 patents either issued or pending in the areas of medical image analysis, computer-aided diagnosis and computer vision. He was responsible for more than 10 percent of all patents awarded to Case Western Reserve in 2017–2019. Madabhushi is the author of more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. 

Senior Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: Sana Loue

Sana Loue

Sana Loue serves as the vice dean for Faculty Development in the School of Medicine and is a professor in the Department of Bioethics. She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Psychiatry and Global Health, as well as in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Loue holds a Juris Doctor degree, PhDs in epidemiology and medical anthropology, Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) in social work, and masters degrees in education and theology. She was the medical school’s inaugural vice dean for Faculty Development and Diversity from 2012–2020.

Loue is ordained as an interfaith minister through the New Seminary in New York and as a Modern Rabbi, through Rabbinical Seminary International, also in New York. Her empirical research has focused on HIV risk and prevention, severe mental illness, family violence and research ethics. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and authored or edited more than 30 books. Her current research interests include vulnerability in research, mental health outcomes, current permutations of eugenics theories and cultural humility as a framework to address structural inequities and unconscious bias. 

Loue has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health since its inception 23 years ago and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She has engaged with diverse audiences both nationally and internationally in discussions relating to unconscious bias, diversity, inclusion, belongingness and cultural humility.

Staff Diversity Excellence Award: Mark Clemente 

Mark Clemente

Mark Lawrence Clemente is the scholarly communication and copyright librarian in the Kelvin Smith Library's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, where he educates and consults with the Case 
Western Reserve University community on copyright, scholarly publishing, open access and licensing.

Before arriving at CWRU in 2016, Mark was the scholarly communications and licensing librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he helped implement the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and negotiated journal subscription license agreements. Prior to MIT, Mark worked in libraries at Boston College, Hampshire College and Georgetown University supporting programs in scholarly communication, digital collections, archives and public services. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from American University and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Department/Office Diversity Excellence Award: Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Members of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (EEPS) is dedicated to teaching and research in the geological, environmental, and planetary sciences, and to creating a more diverse and inclusive community of students, staff and faculty. Learning and research within EEPS explores the evolution of the Earth, its changing climate, environment, and the history of life on it, as well as the origin and evolution of its planetary neighbors.

Faculty in the department have co-founded the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) student group, created a local chapter of Teen Science Café in collaboration with John Hay High School, advised the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (oSTEM) student organization and mentored East Cleveland high school students through the Provost Scholars program.