Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Final Deadline: 25 February 2020

2020 Award Recipients

Daniel Hernández

Daniel Hernández

Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

Daniel Hernández works at the Intercultural Center of Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico and is a member of the 'EMIGRA' research group of UAB Spain, where he is also a PhD candidate in education. He holds a BA in modern languages, an international joint MA in multilingualism from Universidad de Deusto/Universitat de Barcelona/Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Freie Universität Berlin, and an MA in intercultural education from UNED Spain/UAb Portugal. He has been involved in language teaching for more than a decade at universities in Mexico, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. He has also worked for indigenous rights and the protection of minority languages. His research focuses on language policy, indigenous/minority languages, and education.

Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore

QUT Business School, Australia

Dr. Katherine Moore is a lecturer in the School of Management, QUT Business School, Brisbane, Australia. Her PhD was in the area of management, focusing on the legitimization of disability employment practices in a large retail organisation. She also holds qualifications in human resource management and psychology. Katherine is a passionate advocate for inclusive human resource practices that encourage sustainable employment outcomes for our society’s most vulnerable members. Her research focuses generally on the employability of vulnerable groups, with a specific focus on people with disability, youth, and the aging population, as well as the organisational mechanisms that support sustainable employment outcomes for these cohorts. Katherine is also interested in the extent to which the changing landscape of work will impact on the employability of people with cognitive, developmental, and neurological impairments. Prior to an academic career, Katherine worked as an employment consultant in the disability employment field, primarily assisting people with moderate to high support requirements. This practical experience has also motivated her to explore the effectiveness of human resource practices of intermediary employment service providers in the third sector. As a result, she was invited to respond to a Senate Inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of employment service providers in Australia. Katherine’s work has been published in quality journals in the human resource management, disability, youth, and social policy fields, and she is on the editorial board for the journal, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.

​Kia Marie Lor

​Kia Marie Lor

Wesleyan University, United States

Kia M. Lor is a political refugee, bilingual speaker, and first-generation low-income college student who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, then raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. Lor is interested in the development of international, multicultural, and diversity in education. As an intercultural educator, Lor improves the campus climate for students and faculty by developing, implementing, and managing high-impact intercultural initiatives aimed at campus internationalization through the lens of language learning. Lor holds an MS in education degree in intercultural communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in communication from the College of St. Benedict & St. John's University in Minnesota. Lor is currently the assistant director of language and intercultural learning at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, United States.

Charles Gyan

Charles Gyan

University of Regina, Canada

Dr. Charles Gyan holds a master's of philosophy degree in social work from the University of Ghana and a PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He works as an assistant professor of social work at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina. The primary focus of Charles’ research is on social and gender diversity dimension of community development. Other areas of research interests include transnational/international social work practice, refugees and immigrants’ sense of belonging and their perceptions and measures of resilience, poverty and social inequality, and the use of quantitative and mixed methods. He uses varied research methodologies to produce knowledge that questions and disrupts oppressive colonial and gender discourses.

Tracy Wharton

Tracy Wharton

University of Central Florida, United States

Dr. Wharton is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of Florida and Alabama. She is an assistant professor at the College of Health Professions & Sciences and at the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida and is the interprofessional training and clinic team leader for the School of Social Work. She is a supervisor at two inter-professional healthcare clinics that serve uninsured individuals and families in the Orlando area, including the Apopka “pop-up” clinic for migrant farm workers that won an award for inter-professional training and community service from the US Public Health Service in 2017. Her research focuses on healthcare access and quality of care for vulnerable and marginalized people.

Jasmine Cruz

Jasmine Cruz

St. John Fisher College, United States

Jasmine Cruz has over 8 years of experience in Human Resources with a primary focus on implementing strategic HR goals in recruitment, retention and employee engagement. In her current role as the Cultural & Health Equity Manager for Montefiore Medical Center, Jasmine is responsible for implementing a comprehensive diversity & inclusion strategy for the Hudson Valley Collaborative DSRIP program. Jasmine earned her Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional certificate in May 2019 and hopes to continue to expand her expertise in the diversity & inclusion field.

Jasmine completed her master’s degree in human resource management with a focus on organizational effectiveness at Manhattanville College. Jasmine Is currently a doctoral candidate for 2021 at St. John Fisher College. Her dissertation topic and research will examine employees decision making process and the impact of mental health stigma if any on employees decision to disclose or not disclose their mental health status in the workplace.

Jasmine has a strong passion for changing the way the world talks about mental health and creating a more inclusive work environments by supporting new opportunities to facilitate healthy and sometimes difficult conversations about mental health one talk at a time. Jasmine is a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and uses her skills to work every day to combat mental health stigma, achieve equity and support inclusivity for all individuals in the workplace. Outside of work, school, being mother to daughters Alexis, Ariana and Alyse Bella, Jasmine enjoys pushing herself as a long-distance runner. Jasmine recently trained and completed the 2019 Berlin, Chicago and NYC marathon where she ran to promote mental health awareness and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Amal Yousef Omar Alqawasmi

Amal Yousef Omar Alqawasmi

University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy

Amal is a comparative private law theme researcher and a PhD candidate in legal pluralism in the School of Law at the University of Milano – Bicocca. She earned her first PhD in Islamic jurisprudence and its foundations from the University of Jordan, where she published two monographic books: The Legal Ruling, Which Concerns Muslim Minorities’ Personal Status and Legal & Religious Consequences of Immaterial Harm- a comparative study, both in Arabic. She is also currently collaborating with the University of Milan and with SSML Carlo Bo Institute to teach the Arabic language, beside her writings in Aljazeera Media Network blogs.

Samuel Bradley, Jr.

Samuel Bradley, Jr.

Boston College, United States

Dr. Samuel L. Bradley, Jr. is on faculty at Boston College School of Social Work as assistant professor of macro practice focused on equity, justice, and inclusion. He is an accomplished musician, community activist, and administrator with extensive experience in fundraising and communications. Dr. Bradley has expertise in diversity and inclusion, public health, and program innovation. He is particularly passionate about utilizing design thinking as a strategy for developing innovation in higher education as well as leveraging higher education programs to support health and well-being outcomes in marginalized communities.

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Jane Lilly López

Jane Lilly López

Brigham Young University, United States

Jane Lilly López is an assistant professor of sociology at Brigham Young University. Her research interests include im/migration, citizenship (as both a legal status and a lived experience/identity), and the effects of law in the public and private realms of daily life. Her current book project examines the intersections of immigration, citizenship, and family in the law and in everyday life

​Kate Linklater

​Kate Linklater

Western Sydney University, Australia

Kate Linklater recently completed her doctorate at Western Sydney University in Australia. Her doctoral thesis was focused on diversity and difference in the New South Wales Police Force and resulted in a framework to guide strategies for increasing inclusion in the policing workplace. Kate has been the research officer at the Police Association of New South Wales since 2018. Prior to this appointment, she was a police detective, spending most of her career investigating major crimes including drug supply, high level fraud, and terrorism. Kate also lectures policing and social sciences students at WSU.

Stephanie Cork

Stephanie Cork

Independent Scholar, Canada

Stephanie J. Cork is a Canadian and American trained scholar who recently finished her interdisciplinary PhD in public health & kinesiology. Her critical social theory background supports a research agenda focused on social justice work in organizations. Stephanie has a strong commitment to community service and has led several advocacy projects throughout her academic career. This is reflected in her scholarship, including a forthcoming chapter in the Handbook on Disability Activism. Stephanie will be presenting part of her dissertation research, “Heart Work: The Embodied Experiences of Diversity Workers in the United States Public University System,” at the conference in Milan.

​Ari Wibowo

​Ari Wibowo

Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Ari Wibowo is a master candidate at Leadership and Policy Innovation Program – Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada. He is Indonesian. He works as one of the teaching teams in the faculty of human ecology and is a researcher at the Center for Agrarian Studies – IPB University. He has a focus on studies related to policy innovation, political ecology of natural resources, indigenous peoples, and local communities. He is also a scholar activist for research-based policy advocacy in government and NGOs.

Hayley Pierce

Hayley Pierce

Brigham Young University, United States

Hayley Pierce is an assistant professor of sociology at Brigham Young University. She received her PhD in demography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her broad research focus is maternal and child health and well-being. This includes the relationship between health care, policy, community, and the status of women and children and how that influences health and utilization of services. Some recent works include: reproductive health of camp-living Palestinian refugees in Jordan, how adverse childhood experiences alter subsequent life experiences (health, fertility intentions, school attendance, and delinquency), and how parental cohabitation or marital status alter child health outcomes.

Amy Zeidan

Amy Zeidan

Emory University School of Medicine, United States

Dr. Zeidan is an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. She completed an emergency ultrasound fellowship at the University of Kentucky and is interested in point of care ultrasound implementation in resource-limited settings domestically. Dr. Zeidan is passionate about health care delivery and outcomes to refugee, immigrant, and asylum populations. She helped create The Society of Asylum Medicine (@AsylumMedicine) and has performed over 30 asylum evaluations for individuals seeking asylum. Her research focuses on barriers to acute care for refugees, immigrants, and asylum populations.

​Victory Osezua

​Victory Osezua

University of Louisville, United States

Victory Osezua is a PhD candidate at the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Department in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She earned a bachelor's of science from Covenant University, Nigeria, and a master's of public health from the University of Louisville. Victory’s research explores the social inequities and social structures that affect the well being of under-served youth using community-based participatory research methods. Victory Osezua is originally from Nigeria and enjoys singing, traveling, and volunteering with community-based organizations.

Daria Müller Velasquez

Daria Müller Velasquez

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

Daria Müller Velasquez is a doctorate student and a researcher working in the field of fashion studies with a particular interest in ‘Made in Italy’ fashion at the HSE Art and Design School, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Aside from her scientific work, Daria is a skilled project manager (currently team lead of CUMULUS 2020 conference), and she enjoys developing complex ideas into creative and measurable projects. Previous projects have seen Daria collaborate with the Italian Institute of Culture and Bank of Italy, and she has also curated several projects in collaboration with art and design studios in Milan and Rome, Italy. Daria is currently living and working in Berlin, Germany.

In Their Words

The experience of taking part in such a conference has been a real eye-opener. My work has gained recognition and it has led to a boost to my career as well as to my self-confidence. "

Beatriz López, 2016 Awardee

I was able to make affiliations and gain experience in the field. My work is all about diversity in organizations, therefore, it provides me with more credibility and support in future works that I have underway."

Francesca Dansereau, 2017 Awardee

Interacting with and learning about new pedagogical tools that can be used to promote diversity in the classroom was my favorite part of the conference experience."

Gregory Luke Chwala, 2014 Awardee