Assistant Professor Tennisha Riley has been awarded the Outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Achievements Award from the IU School of Education’s Diversity Committee. The purpose of the Award is to recognize IU School of Education faculty or staff who have demonstrated outstanding diversity, equity and inclusion achievements, a testament to the research Riley dedicates her career to doing.
“I was incredibly honored to receive (this award),” Riley said. “This award was earned in collaboration with great colleagues, students and community members who have been gracious with their time and are engaged in addressing challenges to achieving equitable spaces. I am grateful for the award and for their collaboration."
All of Riley’s work addresses the need to consider diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, a research lab she works with is called the Black Youth Emotional Development and Identity in Group Context research team: “Our goal is to understand how Black children and their families navigate racial discrimination and its emotional impact across multiple contexts,” Riley explained. “A key part of gaining that understanding is to acknowledge that Black children and their families are experts of their own experiences, so we include them as collaborators. That is one way that we ensure diversity in academic science/research, provide equity in decision-making in research, and include diverse perspectives.”