Herbert Winful

Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

College of Engineering

Being your best DEI self: Think of a time when you were at your best at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. What happened? Who was there? Why did you feel at your best?

When I proposed and organized a virtual Juneteenth celebration for the department, which brought together over 300 people, created community, and helped make African-American students feel more welcome.

Wishes for the future: How would you imagine your environment needing to be for you to feel that you don’t have to do DEI work anymore?

I don’t see my DEI activity as work. For me, it’s part of being human, part of being a member of a caring community. So, I cannot imagine a future where I am not doing what I do. A community is a living organism: it has to be nurtured.

What does it mean to you to be a recipient of the MLK Spirit Awards?