2012 Diversity Award Winners
Corporate Diversity Award
Dr. Robert Doering
Texas Instruments for providing $15,000 in matching funds for a program that will support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Community Champion Award
Irvin Ashford, senior vice president public affairs and director of community development and external affairs for Comerica Bank, for work including partnership with a Naveen Jindal School of Management program to empower minority individuals to improve their economic wealth and ultimately their place in society.
Student Diversity Award
Runchun Chen, graduate student in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, for cosponsoring a program that welcomes international students by having domestic students provide tours to Dallas sightseeing spots.
Staff Diversity Award
Sharon Edwards, administrative assistant in the Center for Lithospheric Studies at UT Dallas, for encouraging underrepresented students to pursue degree programs in geosciences and providing mentorship and assistance to international students.
Faculty Diversity Award
Dr. Alex Piquero
Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology, one of the most prolific, scholarly and well-known criminologists in the world, and member of UT Dallas committee that supports diversity and equity and sits on the faculty diversity council.
Faculty Diversity Award
Dr. Orlando Richard
Dr. Orlando Richard, associate professor of organizations, strategy and international management, for his research and publications on workplace diversity and organizational justice; he also serves on the UT Dallas committee that supports diversity and equity and sits on the faculty diversity council.
Teaching Award for Inclusive Excellence
Dr. Mihaela Stefan
Dr. Mihaela Stefan, assistant professor of chemistry, for creating a classroom environment of inclusiveness, and for her investment in students.
Ambassador of Diversity Award
Dr. Duncan MacFarlane
Dr. Duncan MacFarlane, professor of electrical engineering, for his work as a friend, mentor, counselor and tutor to underprivileged, inner-city kids, and recruitment of other volunteers to serve this community.
Recognition for Diversity Service
Dr. Peter Park
Dr. Peter Park, associate professor of history and history of ideas, for leadership of the diversity and equity committee and service throughout the year.