Johns Hopkins University Gives Away ‘Excellence In Diversity’ Prize Money


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Johns Hopkins University announced Monday it’s giving away tens of thousands of dollars in “Excellence in Diversity” prizes to faculty members.

Lester Spence, a political science and Africana studies professor at Johns Hopkins, will receive a $50,000 Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity, according to a post on the university’s website.

“Lester Spence, a leading scholar of political science, has long taken his scholarship—so important in recognizing inequality across diverse populations—outside the walls of the university,” said Christopher Celenza, John Hopkins’ vice provost for faculty affairs. “He has helped open Hopkins to the city of Baltimore in a way that is admirable, serving as a challenge to all of us to do better.”

Spence maintains an active Twitter presence where he comments on political and social issues, including President Donald Trump:

Celenza also praised Tilak Ratnanather, a biomedical engineering research professor who will receive $10,000 as a runner-up.

Spence and Ratnanather, along with ten other professors, a student group and a campus exhibit, will receive rewards at John Hopkins’ Diversity Recognition Awards Ceremony, hosted by the school’s Diversity Leadership Council.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Johns Hopkins and Spence for comment, but received none in time for press.

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