Ruiz León, Randolph, and Singh Honored As 2021 Georgia Tech Faces Of Inclusive Excellence

Sherie Randolph, Jennifer Singh, and Alejandra Ruiz León

Posted September 20, 2021

Ph.D. student Alejandra Ruiz León, Associate Professor Sherie Randolph, and Associate Professor Jennifer Singh were among those recognized as 2021 Faces of Inclusive Excellence at the 13th annual Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium on Sept. 15.

In total, fifteen individuals from the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts were honored for their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their research and community engagement.

“This year’s honorees for Faces of Inclusive Excellence illustrate Ivan Allen College’s pledge to create a sense of belonging on campus and in our community,” said Kaye Husbands Fealing, dean of the Ivan Allen College. “The work of our faculty, staff, and students demonstrates our goal to define spaces for all voices to be heard and understood, and to develop human-centered solutions to the social challenges that impact society today and into the future.”

Randolph received fellowships from the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute and Brown University’s Howard Foundation to research and write her second book, "Free Them All": African American Women Political Exiles in Cuba. Singh created an interactive autism services map to show inequality in Georgia and help residents find the services they need. Ruiz León is a prominent science communicator using Instagram to combat Covid-19 misinformation in her home country of Peru.

Each year, Georgia Tech’s Office of Institute, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announces its Faces of Inclusive Excellence as part of the annual Diversity Symposium. For the 13th year, the Symposium focused on the globalization of anti-racism activism.

Prof. Kirk Bowman, Rise Up & Care Term Chair in Global Development & Identity in the Sam Nunn Shool of International Affairs, led a panel about how local grassroots efforts to combat racism have inspired global movements. Black Media Studies Asst. Prof. Joycelyn Wilson and Doctoral student Jancy Ling Liu of the School of Economics both participated in the panel.

National Book Award-winning historian and author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi, who served as keynote speaker for this year’s event, spoke about the new era of activism and the urgency of individuals and organizations around the world to end racism and discrimination as a threat to humanity.

Literature, Media, and Communications Assoc. Prof. Andre Brock introduced Kendi at the Symposium.

“As one of the leading technological universities in the nation, we have a unique opportunity — and a responsibility — to lead by example in expanding access,” said Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera. “Our history has demonstrated that our ability to advance technology and improve the human condition requires that we bring all perspectives to our classrooms, our studios, and our labs. It is not a coincidence that our national and global reputations have grown hand in hand with our diversity.”

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