Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History, CRRES Associate Director, and ASP faculty affiliate, Dr. Michelle Moyd, is a recipient of the IU Building Bridges Award. The award is given annually during celebrations of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s gathering was virtual, but included IU students, faculty, staff, and IU community partners from across Indiana. Nominations are submitted by individuals statewide, to recognize organizations or people who “promote equality, diversity, inclusion, and respect (OVPDEMA).”
“The Building Bridges Award recognizes those organizations and people who capture Dr. King’s vision, spirit, and leadership in ways big and small – right here at IU and within communities across Indiana.” – James C. Wimbush, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs
Dr. Moyd was nominated for her work as the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society (CRRES), which supports research on race and ethnicity across disciplines and fosters community among those engaged in this important work. CRRES also hosts a speaker series and annual symposium. Dr. Moyd has long been actively engaged in the community on these issues, as well, but with the murder of George Floyd, she increased her work to create further safe spaces for discussions on social justice and race in 2020.
Additionally, Dr. Moyd was nominated for her volunteer work in the broader Bloomington community. Dr. Moyd is one of the founders of the People’s Market of Bloomington which arose out of the need for a safe space for community members to sell and buy farm-fresh goods. The non-profit “strive[s] to build equity, create relationships, cultivate liberation, and ensure access to local food, art, and education” (https://www.peoplesmarketbtown.org/about).
On receiving the award, Dr. Moyd posted, “I am so grateful for this award, and to all the good folks who took valuable time out to nominate me, as well as the folks who served on the selection committee. This means so much to me.… When I look back at all that transpired between March 2020 and now, I really can’t believe how many folks I’ve met because people invited me into their spaces. So many spaces and people. It was hard work, but I am grateful to have the chance to try and make a difference where I can, I need to remember that every day.”
Congratulations, Dr. Moyd! We greatly value your efforts on behalf of IU and the people of Bloomington.