Emily Carrino, Louisa Kane, Carrington Merritt, and Catherine Paquette, graduate students in Psychology and Neuroscience and creators of the Department’s Hour of Action (HOA), are the recipients of the 2020-21 and inaugural Innovation in Equity and Inclusivity Service Award.
Up to four separate awards are given annually to faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, research staff, and/or administrative staff within our Department who have each made significant, innovative, and impactful contributions to enhancing equity and inclusivity in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. The award recognizes individuals with outstanding accomplishments and general impact in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service and considers their significance, innovation, and impact.
Emily Carrino, Louisa Kane, Carrington Merritt, and Catherine Paquette, used their creativity, time, and energy to develop the Hour of Action (HOA) over the summer of 2020 in reaction to ongoing racial inequities. By providing an hour that folks could come together as a community to work individually or in groups on personal efforts related to equity and inclusion, they created a positive difference in departmental culture by providing opportunities and resources to engage in social justice activities and bringing folks together across programs to engage in racial equity work together. They were honored with the Innovation in Equity and Inclusivity Service Award at the Psychology and Neuroscience Departmental Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2021. Congratulations, Emily, Louisa, Carrington, and Catherine!