For advancing diversity at the University
This award recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, or creative work and/or service/outreach that advances diversity at Washington State University.
Diversity includes the cultures, world views, values, and personal experiences that may result from differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geographic region, and more.
Assistant Professor, School of Music
Assistant Professor Parkhurst has brought cultural literacy and awareness to thousands of students across the University. She dismantles stereotypes, replacing them with more accurate understandings of Native and global peoples. Her courses provide ethnically diverse musical experiences, with performances and lectures from guest artists and hands-on workshops. Students in her World Music course conduct original ethnographic research. Her teaching enables students to think differently about diverse cultures and their roles as global citizens.
Parkhurst’s acclaimed book, To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemawa Indian School explains the power of music to connect families, tribes, and communities. In Nimiipuum We’nipt: Songs of the People, her anthologies of Nez Perce songs, teachings and essays build understanding of cultural traditions. Central to her work is the concept of “personhood”—that the people about whom she writes and teaches are complex human beings. Parkhurst serves as president-elect of the Association for Faculty Women.
|2020||Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Education|
|2019||Shira Broschat, electrical engineering and computer science|
|2018||Raymond Herrera, Graduate School|
|2017||Paul Kwon, psychology|
|2016||Paula Groves Price, education|
|2015||Pamela Bettis, education|
|2014||Dana Baker, public policy|
|2013||Eric J. Johnson, education|
|2012||Ella Inglebret, speech and hearing sciences|
|2011||Carol Allen, nursing|