Equity & Inclusion Achievement Award

The Equity and Inclusion Achievement Award* recognizes a student, staff, faculty member or office for outstanding contributions to advancing inclusive student, faculty or staff success, enhancing academic excellence, and/or increasing Western’s impact in Washington within the context of equity and inclusion. These contributions should align with one or more of the goals and values articulated in Western’s Strategic Plan.

* Previously called the Diversity Achievement Award

Selection Criteria

To be considered, the individual must demonstrate one or more of the following criteria, within the context of equity and inclusion, while aligning with Western’s Strategic Plan:

  • Advancing student, faculty or staff success
  • Enhancing academic excellence
  • Increasing Western’s impact in Washington 


The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. The award includes $1,500 for use in research, teaching or professional enhancement, made possible through the WWU Foundation.

Award Administration

Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance Office

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by any university faculty member or staff member. All nominations must be submitted via the online form.

The nomination process for the 2021 award is now CLOSED. Thank you to those of you that nominated a colleague.


Photo of Shevell Thibou, Western LibrariesShevell Thibou - Western Libraries

Shevell Thibou completed her B.A. and M.Ed at Western Washington University, and joined Western Libraries in January of 2012. During her time at Western she has served in various positions including the Learning Commons Coordinator, Assistant Director of the Learning Commons, and Head of the Teaching-Learning Academy. She currently occupies the role of Director of Teaching and Learning while serving as an instructor in the Adult & Higher Education graduate program.   

Shevell’s contributions align particularly well with Western’s goals to foster a caring and supportive environment where all members are respected and treated fairly, and in Western’s pursuit of justice and equity in its policies, practices, and impacts. Shevell looks forward to continuing her collaborations within the Social Justice and Equity Committee, the Structural Equity & Bias Response Team, and other opportunities focused on dismantling the inequities present within our teaching and learning community. 

Past Awardees


Glenn T. Tsunokai - Sociology

Glenn Tsunokai joined Western's Sociology Department in 2003 as a specialist in race and ethnic relations and stratification and inequality. Since his arrival, approximately 7,218 undergraduates have taken his introduction level GUR race and ethnicity course.  In this class, students are provided with the knowledge and skills to become culturally competent citizens in an increasingly diverse society. Students enrolled in his stratification course can develop meaningful relations with people from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds via service learning activities. Glenn encourages his students to develop a deeper understanding of social issues through research.

Over the past 16 years, he has sponsored 148 senior theses and independent studies that have focused on such issues as cultural appropriation, prejudice and discrimination, and media (mis)representation. Glenn has also invited many students to work with him on his own research projects that deal with interracial relationships. He has co-published five articles with eight undergraduate students. While at Western, Glenn has created and co-facilitated diversity and equity workshops, has served on various university committees that focus on diversity related issues, and he continues to serve as an (in)formal mentor/advisor to students from underrepresented backgrounds. Glenn received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside.