On Monday, MU officials from the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative awarded students, staff and faculty with the 2013 Inclusive Excellence Award and the Faculty Achievement Awards in Diversity. The awards are given to individuals or groups who have made contributions to diversity, such as gender, racial-ethnic background, language, religious belief, sexual orientation, disabilities and economic strata. The following people each received the Inclusive Excellence Award.
Astrid Villamil is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Science. Before pursuing graduate studies, Villamil worked for two years in her native country of Colombia as a communication specialist, implementing training and development opportunities for employees in various corporate settings. Once in graduate school, she focused her research agenda on communication processes surrounding diversity in organizations.