Previous Winners

2022-23 Winners

Aja Leatherwood and VP Robert Solomon

Awards Given
Undergraduate Student Diversity Excellence Award: Aja Leatherwood; Staff Diversity Excellence Award: Malana C. Bey; Faculty Diversity Excellence Award: Ann W. Nguyen; Senior Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: Monica Yepes-Rios, MD; Department/Office Diversity Excellence Award: University Technology - [U]Tech; Graduate/Professional Student Diversity Excellence Award: Christopher Rhoades; Collaboration Diversity Excellence Award: Student Affairs DEI Committee; Inclusive Excellence Certificate: Lou Stark

2021-22 Winners

2022 Diversity Awards

Awards Given
Undergraduate Student Diversity Excellence Award: Theresa Lee; Staff Diversity Excellence Award: Edith "Betty" Gaffney; Faculty Diversity Excellence Award: Kristin Williams; Senior Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: ​Joy Bostic; Department/Office Diversity Excellence Award: Physics Underrepresented Minority Students Group (PURMS); Graduate/Professional Student Diversity Excellence Award: Rebekah Russell; Collaboration Diversity Excellence Award: Dennis "Coach" Harris; Inclusive Excellence Certificate: Eddie Bolden, Lindsay Jacobs, Trever Dodge

2020-21 Winners

20-21 Award Winners

Diversity Award winners pictured include Anant Madabhushi; Sana Loue; Mirna Martinez; Mark Clemente; Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences


Awards Given
Staff Diversity Excellence Award: Mark Clemente; Graduate/Professional Student Excellence Award: Mirna Martinez; Faculty Diversity Excellence Award: ​Anant Madabhushi; Senior Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: ​Sana Loue; Department/Office Diversity Excellence Award: Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

2019 Winners

2019 Diversity Achievement Award Winners

Diversity Award winners pictured with CWRU senior leaders include Heather Burton, PhD; Erin Phelps; Shemariah Arki, EdD; Vice President for Student Affairs Lou Stark; Margot James Copeland; University President Barbara R. Snyder; Victor Ruiz; Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD; Ibtesam Ghazy; and Emily Pentzer, PhD.


Awards Given
Staff Diversity Excellence Award: Heather Burton, PhD; Undergraduate Student Diversity Excellence Award: Ibtesam Ghazy; Graduate/Professional Student Excellence Award: Erin Phelps; Community Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: Margot James Copeland; Faculty Diversity Excellence Award: ​Emily B. Pentzer, PhD; Community Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: Victor A. Ruiz; Senior Leadership Diversity Excellence Award: ​Lou Stark; Diversity Collaboration​ Excellence Award: Ellipsis Institute, Shemariah J. Arki, EdD

2018 Winners

2018 Diversity Achievement Award Winners

Diversity Award winners pictured with CWRU senior leaders include (left to right), Lisa Nielson, PhD; ​Jaden List; Joy R. Bostic, PhD ; Elizabeth Miller; University President Barbara R. Snyder; Chamois Williams; Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity; Margaret W. Wong, Esq.; and Divya Manoharan. Not pictured here is Staff Diversity Award winner AmariYah Israel, who was traveling and unable to attend the diversity luncheon.

Undergraduate Student Diversity Award: Divya Manoharan; Graduate/Professional Student Diversity Award: Jaden List; Senior Leadership Excellence Award: Lisa Nielson, PhD; Faculty Leadership Award: Joy R. Bostic, PhD; Staff Leadership Award: AmariYah S. Israel; Community Leadership Diversity Award: Margaret W. Wong, Esq.; Collaborative Diversity Excellence Award: The Alumni Association (TAA) and The Center for International Affairs (CIA), Case Western Reserve University

2017 Winners

group photo of the 2017 winners

Photographed from left to right: Heather Clayton Terry, MPA; Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD; Katherine Buerger; University President Barbara R. Snyder; Man-Sun Sy, PhD; Connie Atkins; Faye Gary, EdD; and Paul N. MacDonald, PhD.

Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Katherine Buerger
Community Leadership Diversity Award: Connie Atkins
Senior Leadership Award: Paul N. MacDonald, PhD
Faculty Leadership Award: Man-Sun Sy, PhD
Faculty Leadership Award: Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN
Staff Leadership Award: Heather Clayton Terry, MPA
Diversity Collaboration Excellence Award: Center for International Affairs; First Year Experience & Family Programs; Office of Multicultural Affairs

2016 Winners

group photo of the 2016 winners


The 2016 diversity award winners (l-r) Tirth Raj Bhatta, Parameswaran Ramakrishnan, Arthur Evenchik, Makela Hayford, (with Barbara R Syner, PhD; Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD), Sarah Dellinger, and Elsie Geither

Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Makela Hayford
Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award: Tirth Raj Bhatta
Faculty Leadership Award: Parameswaran Ramakrishnan, PhD.
Staff Leadership Award: Arthur Evenchik
Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award: The Spoken English Programs Educational Services for Students (ESS)

2015 Winners

Group photo of the 2015 winners


Some of the 2015 diversity award winners. Photographed (l to r) Oluwakayode (Kayode) Omoyosi, of the Social Justice Institute; Lynn T. Singer, PhD.; Destinee Henton, Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD; President Barbara R. Snyder; Rhonda Williams, PhD, founder and director of the Social Justice Institute; three staff members of the Social Justice Institute, Misty Luminais, Shelley White and Allison George; and Tolulope Rosanwo. (photo: Eric Benson)

Faculty Leadership Award: Lynn T. Singer, PhD, Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Staff Leadership Award: Joseph T. Williams,  Director of Multicultural Programs for CWRU’s School of Medicine
Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award: Tolulope “Tolu” Rosanwo, School of Medicine
Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Hiram Cortez, Department of Economics
Graduate Student Achievement Award:Destinee Henton, Political Science
Department/Unit Excellence Award: Social Justice Institute

2014 Winners

group photo of the 2014 winners


Winners included (left to right) Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award, Luis Muniz-Feliciano; Staff Leadership Award, Elfreda “Alfie” Chatman-Walter; Undergraduate Student Achievement Award, Nusaiba Chowdhury; Faculty Leadership Award, Rajesh Viswanathan, PhD.

Faculty Leadership Award: Rajesh Viswanathan, PhD 
Staff Leadership Award: Elfreda “Alfie” Chatman-Walter
Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award: Luis Muniz-Feliciano
Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Nusaiba Chowdhury


2013 Winners

Group photo of the 2013 winners


Winners (l to r) Dorothy Miller, PhD, Charity Taylor, Susan Sampson, President Snyder, G. Dean Patterson Jr. and Demetra S.A. Gibson.

Faculty Leadership Feminist Award: Dorothy C. Miller, PhD
Diversity Office Excellence Award: Susan Sampson
Staff Leadership Award: G. Dean Patterson, Jr.
Student Achievement AwardDemetra S.A. Gibson
Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Charity Taylor

2012 Winners

Group photo of the 2012 winners

Winners (l to r) Carmen Naso, Cookie Jones, University President Barbara R. Snyder, VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn Mobley, Suzanne Rivera, Patrick Vaughn and Michael G. Knight

Faculty Leadership Award: Carmen J. Naso
Staff Leadership Award: Chevolkalee "Cookie" Jones
Graduate/Professional Student Achievement AwardMichael G. Knight
Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Patrick Vaughn
Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award: The Office of Research Administration

2011 Winners

Group photo of the 2011 winners.

Winners (l to r) Staff member Teona Griggs, professor Sue Hinze, undergraduate Sai Santosh Kumar Kolluru, and Mandel School of Applied Social Work PhD candidate Susan Smalling, were recognized for their contributions to inclusion and diversity at Case Western Reserve. 

Faculty Leadership Award: Sue Hinze
Staff Leadership Award: Teona Griggs
Graduate/Professional Student Achievement AwardSusan Smalling
Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: Sai Santosh Kumar Kolluru

2010 Winners

Group photo of the 2010 winners.

Winners (l to r) Brian McDonald accepting on behalf of Jonathan Entin, Marilyn Mobley, Staff Member Latisha James, President Barbara R. Snyder and Jason Balkman, MD (MED '10).

Faculty Leadership Award: Jonathan Entin
Staff Leadership Award: Latisha James
Graduate/Professional Student Achievement AwardJason Balkman

2009 Winner

Rhonda Williams holding her award.

Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams

Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams received the Diversity Achievement Award at the first annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award luncheon on April 22, 2009.

Committed to scholarship as a historian and social justice advocate, Dr. Williams is a tenured associate professor of history at CWRU who also holds the distinction of serving as director of the postdoctoral fellowship in African-American Studies and as director of the CWRU Social Justice Initiative.

The value of her scholarship and commitment to the university was evident by the 70 members of the campus community, including students, deans, faculty members, staff and community guests who attended the luncheon.