Two faculty win diversity awards

October 31, 2018 - By Kendall Tipton

Two professors affiliated with The University of New Mexico School of Engineering are the recipients of the Christine A. Stanley Award for Diversity and Inclusion Research in Educational Development.

photo of vanessa svihla and jamie gomezJamie Gomez, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Vanessa Svihla, an assistant professor with appointments in UNM’s Organization, Information and Learning Sciences program and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, received the award, presented by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network.

The Christina A. Stanley Award applauds individuals who have made tremendous efforts to foster methods of diversity and inclusion in their educational pursuits.

The award was named after Christine A. Stanley, who served as the president of the POD Network from 2000-2001, as well as its diversity committee from 1993-1999. Stanley is currently a professor of higher education in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.

The committee said that the paper submitted by Gomez and Svihla, “Rurality as an Asset for Inclusive Teaching in Chemical Engineering,” was “well-researched and explanatory” and “...offered a fresh perspective that clearly built upon what we have learned about inclusion and learning.”

Finally, the committee felt that the research done by Gomez and Svihla could prove useful not only in chemical engineering, but also across a variety of other disciplines as well.

Gomez and Svihla have been invited to attend the 2018 POD Annual Conference, which will be held November 14-18 in Portland, Ore.