May 10, 2013

Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been selected by the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity as the faculty recipient of the 2013 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.

Prof. Garcia-Garibay's selection is a tribute to the tremendous efforts and contributions he has made to pursue and advance diverse, impartial, and inclusive academic environment at UCLA.

This award was established in 1991 by the Academic Senate Task Force on a Fair and Open Academic Environment, following a call from the UC system-wide Academic Senate and UC Office of the President to "establish programs designated to raise the awareness and sensitivity of faculty and staff to potentially prejudicial or discriminatory practices and behaviors."  One of the recommendations of the Task Force, approved at the May 23, 1995 Legislative Assembly, was that the Chancellor should establish a system of campus recognition and rewards for faculty, administrators, students, and staff who are especially successful in promoting a fair and open environment.  Initially called the Fair and Open Academic Environment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, the name was changed to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award in 2009.


Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay (Center right- Blue shirt w/ sunglasses) with his research group

To learn more about about Prof. Garcia-Garibay's efforts to promote Diversity and Equity, please visit the web page of the UCLA Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry (OCDC), a student group which Garcia-Garibay leads and advises.  Founded in 2006, the Organization for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry strives to create a close-knit community among the graduate students in the sciences, with an emphasis in cultural diversity through the underrepresented groups at UCLA.  The primary goal of the organization is to engage its members in activities that will help project a positive portrayal of underrepresented groups in the sciences, not only to prospective high school and college students, and the public at large, but also to the academic and scientific community.  The group's effort is supported by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Procter & Gamble (P&G).

 

To learn more about the award, please visit here.  Past winners of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award include Prof. Richard L. Weiss of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.