Allura Ralston, Initialize, and the Bureau of Sociological Research are the inaugural recipients of the CAS Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award.
Established in 2019, the award honors people, organizations, or units within the college involved in innovative or exemplary activities that have an impact on inclusivity in the college, campus, or community. Activities might include developing educational programs, facilitating university-community partnerships, or demonstrating leadership.
Ralston received her M.A. in psychology from the university in 2018 and is pursuing her Ph.D. As part of Debra Hope's Lab in the Department of Psychology, her interests include social anxiety, minority stress processes, and mental health disparities in LGBTQ+ communities.
Initialize is a student organization within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering dedicated to using computing skills to give back to the Lincoln community.
BOSR is a research survey unit that helps faculty, departments, administrative units, and students collect data to help answer important questions facing society.
Nominations are reviewed by the College of Arts and Sciences' Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee, which fowards recommendations to the dean.