07. 24. 2023

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Graduate and Professional Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards

The SEED Awards honor graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota whose research and scholarly interests are focused on issues of equity, diversity, and/or social justice, and who demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation, and potential for scholarly and/or professional excellence in their discipline or field. Each of this year's SEED Award winners has shown an exceptional commitment to, engagement with and deep understanding of issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and service to the community.

This year's winners are: 

Chou Moua







Graduate School Graduate Student SEED Award: Chou Moua, Comparative and International Development Education

Cuc Vu







Graduate School Graduate Student SEED Award: Cuc Vu, Curriculum & Instruction: STEM Education

Briana Clifton-Hassan







Provost's Office Professional Student SEED Award: Briana Clifton-Hassan, Medical School Candidate

We had an excellent set of applicants this year as usual, and it was a competitive year. We wish to thank our Graduate and Professional SEED Award Review Committee for their time and hard work selecting our winners:

  • Anitra Cottledge, Director, Women’s Center, Office for Equity and Diversity
  • Crystal Esparza Dean, Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions, Medical School
  • Joel Mixon, Associate Director. Office of Admission and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Dentistry
  • Judith Pechacek, Clinical Professor; Assistant Dean, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Congratulations to our winners!