In Spring 2020, The College of Engineering inaugurated a college level DEI award. The purpose of this award is to recognize members of our community for contributions to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) of the engineering profession both within and outside of the university. We acknowledge the contributions of two community members annually, one at the faculty/staff level and one at the undergraduate/graduate student or postdoc level.
2021 Awardee: Cielo Sharkus
Sharkus is a doctoral candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department studying environmental and water resources engineering. Sharkus is the founder of the non-profit organization Humans for the Opposition to Pollution and Emissions (H.O.P.E.), which creates community-based structures that meet the needs of disenfranchised community members by addressing environmental inequity through education, research, and project-based learning.
2021 Awardee: Shelly Peyton
Peyton is a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department. Peyton has contributed to DEI advancement is numerous ways, including leading efforts in federally funded training programs to increase underrepresented-minority representation in UMass graduate programs.
College Deadline: Friday, March 18
Submission materials needed:
One nominating letter of no more than two pages from within the university.
A DE&I contribution statement and list of synergistic work from the candidate. Please specifically note any contributions in the following areas (more welcome):
significant outreach to the university community;
commitment to promoting DE&I and building community at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels within the college and/or a department;
commitment to promoting DE&I and building community outside of the University.
Up to two additional supporting letters of no more than one page each. Supporting letters may be from colleagues within and outside of the university.
Please submit nominations as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering community.
College evaluation process
A committee of students, faculty, and staff will review the nominations.
2020 Awardee: Sanket Sabnis
Sanket is a Chemical Engineering PhD candidate. Sanket’s work highlights issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM and providing tips to be good allies. Each department was allowed to nominate one individual at any level.