The University of Colorado President’s Diversity Award selection committee has announced its 2021 award and commendation recipients, six of whom are affiliated with the CU Boulder campus.
Four individuals received awards, three of whom are affiliated with CU Boulder. They are Tiara R. Na’puti, assistant professor of communication in the College of Media, Communication and Information; Zabrian Oglesby, assistant director for leadership and social justice in Resident Life; and graduate student Katherine Rainey. Additionally, Andrea Gerard Gonzalez, associate professor of clinical practice at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus’ School of Medicine, was recognized as one of this year’s award recipients. A CU Connections article March 4 recognized all of the newly appointed distinguished professors across the CU system.
The award recognizes significant achievements of university community members in developing a culturally and intellectually diverse university community reflective of inclusive excellence. Awardees, each of whom receives $2,000, engage in meaningful diversity activities beyond their primary CU responsibilities.
Also receiving an award for its work as a unit was CU Boulder's STEM Routes, a student organization founded in 2018 and run by traditionally low-income, under-represented and first-generation graduate students. Through its programs, STEM Routes provides invaluable mentorship to the next generation of first-generation and underrepresented graduate students in STEM.
CU Boulder's Center for Teaching and Learning and its inclusive pedagogy lead, Becca Ciancanelli, both received commendations from the selection committee.
This year's award winners will be recognized in a virtual award reception set for April 23.