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Newby Award Information

Launched under the vision of Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, the Annual Diversity Gala is the perfect end to the academic year, where all who share in the CMU mission can come together to celebrate achievements toward inclusion, equity and belonging. Individuals who are formally affiliated with CMU as well as change-makers within the region are recognized for their outstanding work around social justice and change. One of the night's greatest honors is the presentation of the Dr. Diane E. Newby Award for Inclusive Excellence in Education, which recognizes a nominated faculty member whose work reflects CMU's diversity principles

The award is named for the late Diane E. Newby, Professor Emeritus in Teacher Education, a longtime educator within Teacher Education and Professional Development. Dr. Diane E Newby was a stalwart for inclusive excellence across myriad rungs of the educational sector throughout her lifetime. Similarly, nominees for the Award for Inclusive Excellence in Education have demonstrated diligence and consistency in working towards the systematic development and inculcation of inclusive, equitable, and just praxis, pedagogy, and/or policy in educational environments. Nominees will have aptly established their capabilities through teaching, administration, research, and acts of service.

The 2022 award recipient 

Dr. Amy Ford | English Language and Literature | College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The Robert Newby Fund

The Robert Newby Fund to Support Diversity Efforts is seeking undergraduate and graduate credit-bearing projects that further diversity and inclusion on campus or beyond and occurred between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Each selected winner comes with a $250 award and an opportunity to present at the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition (SRCEE) at CMU. Projects could include research papers, class projects, dissertations, theses, or internships. If you know of any students who completed a diversity-related project in the last calendar year, please encourage them to apply for this award. 

This is the first year the Robert Newby Diversity Research Award Application is available entirely online or by searching “Newby” in Scholarship Universe (CMich log-in required). Completed applications are due on Tuesday, February 28. Please direct any questions to Matt Johnson (