This award is presented to a chemist as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in their work in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
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The 2022 winner of the Gilead Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is:
Professor Hind Al-Abadleh is a recognized leader, mentor, and role model with 15+ years of active engagement at different levels. Her academic career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University started in 2005 following a PhD at University of Iowa and a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University in the U.S. She is an award-winning scientist who established the EPIC lab for Environmental, Physical and Interfacial Chemistry research in the fields of atmospheric chemistry, air quality, geochemistry, and environmental remediation. Professor Al-Abadleh was a co-founding member of the CSC Working Group (now Committee) on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE), and currently the Chair of the CIC Environment Division. Professor Al-Abadleh has an exceptional record aimed at transformative organizational change by leading EDI initiatives that (a) promote the recruitment, retention, advancement and recognition of under-represented groups in chemistry and professional groups, (b) guide the educational and professional development of high school and university students, and early career researchers above and beyond the typical training in a research lab or a chemistry classroom, and (c) mobilize knowledge from environmental science to the media, school boards, youth and senior citizen groups from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in English and Arabic.