Awards and Certificates

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Employee DEI Awards and Certifications 

The University of Iowa and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive campus. The university offers awards, grants, and training to help improve and advance its DEI practices.

Please join us in congratulating the following CLAS employees and areas on their awards and certifications:  

Diversity Catalyst Awards 2022

For more than twenty years, the Diversity Catalyst Awards have honored faculty, staff, students, programs, departments, and student organizations each year who engage meaningfully in DEI initiatives, promoting the development of an inclusive and diverse campus community. Congratulations to the CLAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni who were recognized at the 2021 Diversity Catalyst Awards, presented by the UI Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Diversity Catalyst Award recipients

Shana Harris Portrait
Shana Harris, graduate fellow, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Ariel Kershner, graduate fellow, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ariel Kershner, graduate fellow, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Harris and Kershner co-founded the student organization Bridging the Gap in Psyience, which is committed to the wellness and retention of underrepresented graduate students. Both are graduate students in the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and serve on the department’s DEI committee among other initiatives. You can learn more about Harris and Kershner by visiting the Diversity Catalyst Award page.  

Nominations for the 2023 awards are due Monday, Feb. 6. Learn more and apply.  

Diversity Seed Grants 2022

  • Department of Biology Little Free DEI Library
  • Wild Bill’s Media Creation Studio

B.U.I.L.D. Certificate, 2022  

The B.U.I.L.D. (Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity) Certificate is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and graduate students to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants can earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom. You can register via Employee Self-Service.  

BUILD Certificate recipients  

Fall 2022

  • Jacquie Albrecht
  • Robert Bork
  • Genette Campbell
  • Joseph Cilek
  • Andrew Forbes
  • Becky Gonzalez
  • Adam Jaschen
  • Kara Kehe
  • Emma Kirk
  • Brenda Longfellow
  • Thomas Oates
  • Heather Sander
  • Emily Tobin

Summer 2021  

  • Bengi Baran
  • Mark Fullenkamp
  • Anna Gaw
  • Anna Jensen
  • Vitor Lira
  • Maurine Neiman
  • Alison Oliver
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder
  • Alex Voss
  • Gayle Walter

Spring 2021

  • Amber Brian
  • Lindsay Elliott
  • Leah Fuller
  • Alexandra Geraets
  • Christine Getz
  • Sylvia Gomez
  • Louisa Hall
  • Rebecca Kick
  • Briana Maxwell
  • Jessica Meyer
  • Sarah Minor
  • Cathleen Moore
  • Molly Nikolas
  • Lisa Schlesinger

Outstanding outreach and public engagement leadership

CLAS honors faculty members each year who have engaged in activities that bring the university to broader communities in significant and sustained ways. During the 2021-2022 academic year, the college recognized Kirsten Kumpf Baele, Kristy Nabhan-Warren, and Heather Spangler for their outstanding leadership.

Kirsten Kumpf Baele
Kirsten Kumpf Baele


Kristy Nabhan-Warren (she, her, hers)
Kristy Nabhan-Warrene


Heather Spangler
Heather Spangler


  • Kirsten Kumpf Baele has shown her excellence and commitment to the Iowa community through her work and dedication surrounding Anne Frank. She applied for and brought the thirteenth Anne Frank tree to be planted onto the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest. This act culminated Iowa’s rich literary history at the center point for peaceful protest on campus. 

  • Kristy Nabhan-Warren has immersed herself within the meatpacking industry to write her book Meatpacking in America: How Migration, Work, and Faith Divide the Heartland. Her commitment to giving a voice to those who face economic difficulties, complexities of politics, and in general difficult lives proved to benefit our community and the university. 

  • Heather Spangler has not only directly impacted the community with her personal outreach in public engagement, but she also has inspired hundreds of students to do so as well. Through her engaging coursework, she provides students with opportunities to directly engage with their community and improve sustainability. She has led networking trips to major cities, developed a study abroad course in Italy, and is actively engaged in a non-profit, Box of Balloons.