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Past Recipients

2018 Recipients

Lane Fenrich

Lane Fenrich

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Assistant Dean for Freshmen, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Lane Fenrich, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Assistant Dean for Freshmen in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, is recognized for his outstanding and ongoing work with Weinberg’s summer BRIDGE program. This free summer program prepares incoming students and rising sophomores for success in rigorous quantitative disciplines. The BRIDGE program specifically targets students who attended high schools with limited or no AP preparation or who are among the first in their family to attend college. His successful efforts with the BRIDGE program have helped numerous first-generation and low-income students increase their persistence in STEM majors and create connections among faculty, campus resources, and other students throughout the Northwestern community.
Nitasha Sharma

Nitasha Sharma

Associate Professor, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Performance Studies, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Nitasha Sharma, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Performance Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is recognized for her dedication and work in creating interdisciplinary courses specifically focused on issues of inequality, racism and diversity, increasing resources for marginalized students on campus and serving as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship mentor and faculty advisor for Northwestern’s Mixed Race Student Coalition.

2017 Recipients

Loren Ghiglione

Loren Ghiglione

Professor, Journalism, Medill

Loren Ghiglione, professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, is recognized for his outstanding and ongoing work to illuminate and support the Native American population on campus. That includes his leadership of the 2015-16 One Book One Northwestern steering group and the 2016-17 Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group, his successful efforts to recruit Native American faculty and his engagement of these issues with undergraduate students.
E. Patrick Johnson

E. Patrick Johnson

Chair of African American Studies, WCAS, and Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies, School of Communication

E. Patrick Johnson, chair of African-American Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies in the School of Communication, is recognized for his tireless work in building an interdisciplinary research, practice and community-focused Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern.