Outstanding Diversity Commitment awardee

Robert Winglee
Robert Winglee

Robert Winglee

Professor, Earth & Space Sciences; Director, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

Robert Winglee’s commitment to fostering diversity within the UW and across the state infuses every area of his professional life. Through his efforts he has personally touched the lives of many underrepresented and underprivileged students, and facilitated their retention in STEM disciplines. This “hands-on” approach to building infrastructure in and supporting diversity outreach, advocacy and student retention makes Robert a superlative candidate for the Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award.

—Noel Bernard-Kingsley, Juan Carlos Chavez, Erika Harnett, April Huff and Irene Svete

Honorable mentions

Ernesto Alvarado

Research Associate Professor, Environmental & Forest Sciences

Ernesto is a dedicated member of the faculty in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) who has brought focus to encouraging less advantaged and less represented students to pursue degrees in environmental sciences. His tireless work with underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students also plays an important role in expanding the diversity of our students.

—Tom DeLuca

Drew Gorman-Lewis

Associate Professor, Earth & Space Sciences

Drew is a serious and committed advocate for diversity, and shows this through his actions in every level of our community. He adds to the student-centered culture of our department through his work with our students in his classes, by the leadership roles he assumes within the department and through his support of the graduate students working under his mentorship.

—Noel Bernard-Kingsley, Bruce Nelson, Gerard Roe, Ken Creager, Alison Duvall and George Bergantz

Additional nominees

Eddie Allison

Professor, Marine & Environmental Affairs

Eddie embraces diversity through all his professional activities—research, teaching, mentoring and service—and his commitment to diversity is clear. It is deeply held and lies as the core of Eddie’s approach to his profession. Eddie actively brings diversity issues into the classroom. He consistently encourages students to challenge preconceived notions concerning access and power.

—Terrie Klinger

Erica Escajeda

Ph.D. student, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Beyond her academic achievements, Erica exhibits a keen interest and dedication to science outreach, education and diversity. Erica’s involvement with the Seattle MESA Program began in October 2012 when she volunteered for their Saturday Academy for High School Seniors. She has also been involved in the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at UW.

—Kristin Laidre

Sophie George

Researcher, Friday Harbor Labs; Co-PI, FHL Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

As an African American woman and also a single parent, she has been a role model to young male and female students for how to balance family and research at FHL for over twenty years. Furthermore, she has mentored a number of students in the REU program who have continued on in marine sciences.

—Billie Swalla

Daniel Hernandez

Ph.D. student, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Daniel has consistently demonstrated a commitment to diversity, representing the College of the Environment with great distinction. The result of his hard work with GO-MAP, SACNAS, Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Program and Engineers without Borders is an impact that inspires others to want a better world for their community as well.

—Anthony Salazar

Fritz Star

Manager, Seaglider Fabrication Center, Oceanography

Even prior to joining the Diversity Committee, Fritz has demonstrated a deep commitment to broadening participation in marine science. For example, in 2000 he co-founded the Ocean Inquiry Project, a nonprofit organization that educates students and community-members through boat-based, scientific inquiry on Puget Sound, often led by graduate students engaged in cutting-edge ocean research.

—Christen Goehring, Joe Kobayashi and Jill Rand

Kristi Straus

Lecturuer, Program on the Environment

Kristi is a welcoming and friendly face among the UW instructional community, bringing energy and enthusiasm to the courses she teaches. She has been an integral member of the MESA team, helping to re-write the Saturday Academy program, and delighting in the dedicated high school students with whom she works as they stream in the doors early Saturday mornings.

—Neiri Carrasco