Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity

This honorary award acknowledges individuals whose actions, example and efforts contribute to a respectful and supportive environment at the university and in the Western New York community.

2023 Awardees

E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, FAEMS.

E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, FAEMS, Community Service Award

Valeria Marquez, MD ’25.

Valeria Marquez, MD ’25
Medical Student Award

Sri Laxmi Veerapaneni.

Sri Laxmi Veerapaneni, Graduate Student Award

Mackenzie Ferrante, PhD RDN.

Mackenzie Ferrante, PhD, RDN, Postdoctoral Associate Award

Danika Cziranka-Crooks, MBBCH.

Danika Cziranka-Crooks, MBBCH, Resident Award

Alysia Kwiatkowski, DO, MS.

Alysia Kwiatkowski, DO, MS, Faculty Award

Elizabeth Sengupta.

Elizabeth Sengupta, Staff Award

About this Award

A diverse and inclusive campus community enhances excellence in research and academic medicine by broadening and strengthening teaching, learning and scholarship. If you actively work to create a welcoming climate of respect and inclusiveness, you may be a good candidate for the Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity.

The awards are presented by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement.


Awards are given annually to recipients in each the following categories:

  • Medical (MD or MD/PhD) Students
  • Medical residents
  • Graduate (PhD or MS) Students
  • Clinical or basic sciences faculty
  • Staff
  • Community Service Award for Jacobs School Faculty*
    *For faculty members in the Jacobs School who have made significant contributions to support inclusion, diversity, equity and social justice in Western New York.

Previous recipients are not eligible for nomination.

Self nominations are not acceptable.

Senior associate deans and department chairs are not eligible.

All nominees must be a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


Faculty, residents, students and staff at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences may nominate individuals deserving of these awards.

Submit your Nomination

Nominations are now closed

Thank you for participating. We are looking forward to the next nominaton period in 2024.





Nomination Justification

Briefly summarize the nominees contribution to excellence enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Award Ceremony

Awards are presented during the Jacobs School’s annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards ceremony following the Stockton Kimball Lecture on June 14, 2023

Prior Recipients


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