Last month, Michigan State University announced this year’s winners of the annual Excellence in Diversity Awards. BEACON is very proud to receive the Team Award for Sustained Efforts towards Excellence in Diversity!
We owe much of our success to the efforts of our original Diversity Director, Dr. Judi Brown Clarke. Judi’s vision and expertise shaped our work not only in recruitment, retention, and support of underrepresented scientists, but also in cultivating an inclusive and aware climate for all of our students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. Judi is now the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Stony Brook University.
We are also very grateful to Connie James, who has taken over the Diversity Director role at BEACON since Judi moved on. Since the beginning of BEACON, Connie has always played an important role in ensuring a supportive and inclusive environment for our members, and now she is ensuring that we not only continue to live up to the high standards we set in our early years, but also keep pushing ever higher!