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IIDEA Research Awards

2022 RUSSW IIDEA Research Awards

In order to carry out the Rutgers School of Social Work (RUSSW) strategic plan and demonstrate outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the RUSSW Research Advisory Committee and Inclusion, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity, & Advancement (IIDEA) Committee worked synergistically to create the School-wide Research Recognition Awards in the area of IIDEA.

  1. Exemplary IIDEA Research Recognition Award 
  2. Emerging Scholar IIDEA Research Award 

The 2022 award winners are Assistant Professor & Chancellor's Scholar for Inclusive Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health Gabriel Robles (Exemplary IIDEA Research Recognition Award) and PhD student Roxanna Shayesteh Ast (Emerging Scholar IIDEA Research Award). Each awardee was honored at the RUSSW Convocation and receive a monetary award. For inquiries, please e-mail You can review the rubrics that are used by the Research Advisory and IIDEA Committees to evaluate nominations for the Exemplary IIDEA Research Recognition Award and the Emerging Scholar IIDEA Research Award.

The 2021 award winners were Assistant Professor Abigail Williams-Butler (Exemplary IIDEA Research Recognition Award) and PhD student Iris Cardenas (Emerging Scholar IIDEA Research Award).

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