The Department’s Service and Outreach Award for Graduate Students recognizes those students who have served the community through outreach and advocacy (including, but not limited to diversity, equity and inclusion) beyond the traditional definitions of ‘research’ and ’teaching.’
The awards were announced during the Geosciences Annual Fall Picnic at Hargraves Glade on Thursday evening, October 14, 2021.
A persistent and outspoken champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Department, Sirus has helped build a welcoming community among graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, improving the Departmental culture at large, and leading to specific advances that made the Department more inclusive to LGBTQIA scientists, striving to increase their representation and visibility. Sirus' dedicated service and advocacy have extended after hours and beyond the Department as well, e.g. during informal gatherings on campus, in the residential undergraduate colleges, and through participation in and peer leadership of reading and discussion groups which are having an impact on the national scene.