Arts and Letters Diversity and Inclusion Committee Announces Faculty Awards
Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022
Image Top Row: Valentina L. Martínez (Anthropology), Deandre Poole (Communication and Multimedia Studies), Mauricio Almonte (Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature); Bottom Row: Vanessa Smith Torres (Architecture)
The College of Arts and Letters Diversity and Inclusion Committee is happy to announce four awardees for the BIPOC NTT Faculty Awards for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Congratulations to the faculty below!
Valentina L. Martínez (Anthropology) received the BIPOC Instructor research award for her project, “Coastal Ecuadorian Prehistoric Figurines: Body Representations, Gender, and Power.” Her work in Ecuador plans to “explore the creation of femininity and masculinity ideals within a culture immersed in a process of territorial expansion and centralization. The data generated will contribute to the larger debate on identity and historical continuity of indigenous populations.”
Deandre Poole (Communication and Multimedia Studies) received BIPOC Instructor teaching award for his pedagogical achievements and dedication to social justice in the classroom. His classes include courses such as Ethnicity and Communication, Intercultural Theory, and Intercultural Communication, and American Multicultural Discourse.
Mauricio Almonte (Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature) received the BIPOC Instructor service award to recognize his work at the departmental, college, and university level. His service work has included the Provost/University Committee on Textbook Affordability, Faculty Assembly, acting as a college Senator, and working on the Provost Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Vanessa Smith Torres (Architecture) received the BIPOC Instructor service award for her service within and outside of the university. She was 2021 President of the South Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SoFloNOMA) and is the Faculty Adviser for the FAU Student Chapter (FAU NOMAS). Smith Torres is currently the Director on the 2022 AIA Miami Board, where she serves in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a Co-Chair of the Women in Architecture Committees.