CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 1, 2000
'Catalyst' diversity award winners are announced
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of Affirmative Action has
named Professors Raúl Curto and Mickey Eliason co-recipients of the
Catalyst Award, a $250 award given annually by that office in recognition
of persons and units that enrich diversity within the UI community. The Graduate
College has been named this year's unit recipient of the award.
Curto, Eliason, the Graduate College and all nominees for the award will
be formally recognized during a 4:30 p.m. reception Thursday, Oct. 5 at the
Iowa Memorial Union, North Room.
Curto, executive associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and mathematics
professor, was selected because of his established commitment to diversity,
his recruiting of a diverse faculty, and for helping junior faculty receive
mentoring to assist in their success at the UI.
Eliason, associate professor in the College of Nursing and director of the
UI Sexuality Studies program, was selected because of her work within the
UI community on behalf of diversity initiatives, particularly in the areas
of sexuality studies and human rights.
The Graduate College received the award for its work in supporting graduate
students from diverse backgrounds, for developing partnerships with departments,
for its off-campus recruitment initiatives, and for its leadership on a regional
and national level.
The Catalyst Award, which requires a nomination, is designed to recognize
individuals and units on campus that have demonstrated excellence in meeting
the following criteria:
-- The nominee has developed an innovative program, policy or activity to
enhance the diversity within the UI; or
-- The nominee's contributions are distinctive and have had a positive effect
on building respect for diversity within the UI community.
The 2000 Catalyst Award recipients were selected by a six-person selection
committee made up of persons from various UI departments.