Joe Rowe, director of administration in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the 2021 Richard Allmendinger Staff Commitment to Diversity Award for his effort to unite the community and host open dialogues. “In 2020 we all saw a visible outcry for racial and social justice in our country,” Rowe said. “This opened the door of opportunity for the Cornell Engineering community to come together and have meaningful discussions about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). The outcome has increased understanding through sharing many perspectives and the opportunity to learn from each other. I personally have felt more energized and hopeful. Courageous conversations about DEIB must continue to help build individual and team relationships that are necessary for action toward sustainable change.” President’s Awards for Employee Excellence are awarded annually in six different categories to recognize the achievements of staff who excel in their roles, both in skills and performance.
Beth Korson, CEE’s Events and Main Office Coordinator, was a 2021 recipient of the President’s Culture of Belonging award for going beyond expectations to create and support an open, inclusive, welcoming workplace environment. Korson is a dedicated employee who provides excellent support to students, faculty and staff, ensuring equitable treatment for all persons.