Two Northwestern professors receive diversity and equity award

Cameron Cook, Assistant Campus Editor

Northwestern faculty, staff and departments were recognized for “commitment to diversity in their fields” and awarded over $172,000, according to a Jan. 10 new release.

The Daniel Linzer Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity and the Daniel I. Linzer Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity, named after former University Provost Dan Linzer, recognize individuals or groups who are working to build a “more diverse, inclusive and equitable climate” on campus.

The Office of the Provost created the awards, formerly known as the Provost Awards, in 2016. The winners are announced each Winter Quarter and recognized in Spring Quarter.

McCormick Prof. Marcelo Worsley and psychology Prof. Galen Bodenhausen received the Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity along with a $5,000 grant.

Worsley is the director of the Technological Innovations for Inclusive Learning and Teaching Lab, which tackles projects like “Tangicraft,” an interface that teaches visually impaired individuals to play the computer game Minecraft. The lab also launched “Imagine, Make, Repeat,” a program through which lab members work with Chicago area educators to plan and implement projects in classrooms.

“I’m very honored to be receiving this recognition, and I’m even more honored to be a part of a community that actively promotes equity, diversity and inclusion across research, teaching and service endeavors,” Worsley said in the release.

Bodenhausen studies social perception and judgment, and one of his “most significant” contributions to the psychology department, according to the release, is his work for the Sneak Peek program. Through the program, traditionally underrepresented students considering doctorates in psychology get to visit the University and meet faculty, staff and current students.

Bodenhausen is also the co-founder of the Center for Science Diversity and founded a program to “distribute a common reading and subsequent discussion within the department on economic inequality,” said the release.

“The psychology department has made major strides toward increasing diversity and inclusiveness and building substantial expertise and programming in the scientific study of diverse populations and identities,” Bodenhausen said in the release. “It has been a pleasure working toward these developments.”

An additional $172,348 in Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity has been awarded to 12 projects developed by faculty, staff and departments on campus.

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