CEMS students, post-doc win CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Showcase awards

CEMS undergraduate students Michelle Quan (ChE, MSE '23) and Tatem Rios (ChE '22) and CEMS post-doctoral scholar Dr. Anisha Veeren were recently honored among the recipients of the inaugural College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Showcase awards. The awards were presented at a March 30 recognition event highlighting the many campus contributions of individuals who actively contribute to a positive and more equitable College of Science and and Engineering climate through diversity, equity, and inclusion events, programming, and volunteer work.

Michelle won the CSE Impact Award, which recognizes a CSE undergraduate student who has made a lasting impact in pursuit of a more diverse, equitable, and/or inclusive climate within the College of Science and Engineering. Michelle is recognized as a student committed to making the University better through close engagement with their department's DEI work group to make the department more welcoming to women and people of color. Michelle has organized workshops to confront anti-Asian racism, assisted in creating an emergency fund for students in their department, and is always willing to lend a helping hand to support others. Michelle is identified as courageous, brave, and unwavering in their desire to ensure an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Tatem won the Undergraduate DEI Achievement Award, which recognizes an undergraduate student who has a specific achievement they would like to highlight related to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Tatem is recognized as a passionate student and advocate whose accomplishments include numerous experiences in outreach and mentoring. Tatem has worked directly with department leadership to advocate for themself and classmates to ensure that students have the resources they need to complete their degree.

Anisha won the Staff/Postdoc Achievement Award, which honors important contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This award will be presented by the CSE D&I Alliance. Anisha is recognized as a crucial member of the CEMS DEI Working Group and was honored for their efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive department for students and faculty of diverse backgrounds. Anisha's work is focused on spreading awareness about different cultures within CEMS and providing a safe outlet for diverse people to share their experiences.

Nominations were solicited for DEI-focused student contributions in the areas of student advocacy, volunteer work, and engagement that have a positive impact on CSE, the University, and the Twin Cities communities through DEI initiatives.

Congratulations to Michelle, Tatem, Anisha, and all of the other award recipients.