The Center for Research in Autism, Intellectual and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (C-RAIND) was recognized by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives for its excellent progress toward advancing diversity within the community.
C-RAIND began as a cross-college multidisciplinary initiative in 2013 with the mission to improve the quality of life of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan and with a passion to remove bias towards non-neurotypical individuals, and a commitment to foster inclusion. The Center and its faculty are humbled to accept this award.
C-RAIND would like to thank the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives for recognizing our work in neuro-diversity and inclusion. We feel privileged to be part of a campus community that is committed to inclusion and diversity.
Thank you to the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation for their on-going support and funding, and a special thank you to Doug Gage in the SVP’s office for his tireless support.
Thank you to the deans of the 11 colleges that work with us, they have given their time and guidance to help move C-RAIND forward, and another special thank you to deans of the three colleges that have been with C-RAIND from the beginning: Dean Beauchamp with the College of Human Medicine, Dean Croson with the College of Social Science, and Dean Floden with the College of Education.
We are asked all the time, “What is C-RAIND? Give us your elevator speech.”, and we think the answer can be summed up in a very short elevator ride. The faculty and the students are the heartbeat of C-RAIND, it’s their passion for this research and the passion they have for the serving people in this community.
None of the work we do would be possible without the community, the families, and the people we aim to help. Thank you for your trust and confidence.
More information about the annual Excellence in Diversity Awards can be found on their website.