KBS commitment to to fostering an inclusive culture garners accolades from MSU

The Kellogg Biological Station, home of the KBS LTER.

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station’s dedication to making diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice central to KBS culture has earned an Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion unit award from Michigan State University.

The award focuses on the work of the KBS Culture and Inclusion Committee, or CIC, and its 2022 membership:

  • Nameer Baker, co-chair and KBS LTER Science Coordinator
  • Kyle Jaynes, co-chair and graduate student
  • Andy Fogiel, operations and safety coordinator
  • Mir Zaman Hussain, postdoctoral research associate
  • Sarah Roy, KBS LTER DEI advocate
  • Elizabeth Schultheis, KBS LTER Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Jamie Smith, academic staff
  • Christine Sprunger, co-PI KBS LTER

Among the examples of KBS’s contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion were the formation of the CIC, a focus on diverse hiring and recruitment practices, creation of a DEI advocate position, and the development of programming aimed at creating a culture of inclusion. The KBS LTER is highly involved with each of these initiatives.

ceremony to honor all recipients in the individual, team, and unit categories was held in East Lansing on Monday, Feb. 13.

This story originally appeared on the Kellogg Biological Station blog.

Read the full list of awardees.

Watch the video spot on KBS aired during the award ceremony.