DO-IT Director Sheryl Burgstahler wins the Diversity in Technology Leadership Award
Each year, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the NAPE Education Foundation honor individuals in education and work who embody a commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.
This year, DO-IT Director Sheryl Burgstahler won the Diversity in Technology Leadership Award. This award recognizes a leader in an organization who is a role model to the national community of excellence in technology and/or STEM. This person demonstrates these ideals:
- the commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and in their community;
- the ability to strengthen and broaden solutions and has the vision to expand knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community;
- the ability to build and sustain innovation and entrepreneurship;
- the motivation to build meaningful partnerships with community groups and organizations who have a significant impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities.
Dr. Burgstahler was chosen for her embodiment of the following values:
- Promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organization, business, or industry
- Collaborates, mentors, and advocates to inspire and develop future leaders from underrepresented groups
- Is innovative, creative, and agile in moving their business or community forward to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology and/or STEM
- Uses research- and evidence-based mechanisms to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Demonstrates measurable outcomes showing increased participation of underrepresented groups in technology and/or STEM
The awardees was honored on April 29, 2021 at the end of their annual summit. She gave the following words: "I would like to thank the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the NAPE Education Foundation for this award that recognizes the accomplishments of my Accessible Technology Services unit at the University of Washington along with our partners and collaborators. Projects led by our DO-IT Center and the IT Accessibility Team have increased the successful participation of people with disabilities in college and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. The speed at which thousands of on-site courses and services at our postsecondary institutions were moved to online formats in response to the pandemic was impressive, but it also shined a light on the many shortcomings with respect to accessibility. Much work remains to be done in making these offerings fully accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. We will continue to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations to work toward leveling the playing field in academic opportunities and careers for people with disabilities. Through this award NAPE highlights the importance of considering people with disabilities in all diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives."
Learn more about the award on the NAPE website.