Malak Esseili, research scientist in the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, was recognized on April 18 for her efforts regarding diversity.
Faculty, staff, students and alumni who enhance diversity with cutting-edge curriculum, mentorship, programs or policies can be nominated for the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. The award recognizes diversity efforts in areas such as religion, race, sexual orientation and economic status. Recipients are awarded for demonstrating the university’s values and making diversity and inclusiveness part of the university’s best practices.
President Drake presented the 2017 recipients a plaque and $1,200 cash award in recognition of their important work. This year’s winners will also be honored on the field at Ohio Stadium during the September 23 Ohio State football game.
Recognized as a diversity advocate throughout the Wooster community, Esseili has had a profound affect on the diversity efforts on the Ohio State Wooster Campus. She was a founder and organizer of multiple programs and events that promote understanding among people of different cultural, religious and racial backgrounds, including the Celebration of Nations, Cultural Connections and Minorities: Identities and Misconceptions. These programs, which were supported by two CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion mini-grants and are currently supported by the Wooster diversity committee, have been recognized as opportunities that bring together students, faculty and staff in ways that create more supportive environments.
Others recognized included Tamara Davis, social work, Mariame Diabate, undergraduate student in biology, DaVonti' Haynes, graduate student in social work, LeRoy Ricksy, Jr., undergraduate student in criminology and criminal justice and the University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Esseili, in the purple scarf, is in the middle of the back row in the photo.