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2014 Dean’s Award: Inclusive Excellence

The following departments received the 2014 Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education for their extraordinary achievements in consistently and intentionally creating an inclusive environment that engages all of its diversity in the intellectual development of students and faculty.

Department of Cultural Anthropology

Chair: Orin Starn, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History
Director of Graduate Studies: Rebecca L. Stein, Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies: Kelly Furr


  • Strong priority on inclusive excellence
  • Student recruitment and outreach
  • Historically high retention rates through mentoring and robust support system
  • Majority of students come from U.S. minority and international groups
  • Supportive environment for LGBTQ community
  • Faculty diversity key factor in attracting students

Department of Sociology

  • Chair: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology
  • Director of Graduate Studies: Stephen Vaisey, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies: Jessica L. Ellington


  • Diversity and gender balance among faculty and students
  • Inclusion and diversity in content of program
  • Weekly “Race Workshop”
  • Women of color reading group
  • High quality student recruitment and training
  • Strong graduation and placement of students