Dr. Nike Olabisi is an assistant professor of Biological Sciences and this year's recipient of the Louis L. Redding Award from UD's Office of the Vice Provost of Diversity. Dr. Olabisi has been a longtime advocate for the success of underrepresented and first-generation students in the sciences. She adopts inclusive practices in her classroom and has promoted this approach to faculty on campus as a way to foster equitable opportunities in the sciences. Dr. Olabisi has a passion for connecting at-risk, first generation and underrepresented students to resources and strategies for successfully navigating their academic experience towards attaining their career aspirations. She serves as an advisor and mentor to countless students. As part of her interest in diversity initiatives on campus, Dr. Olabisi also serves as the co-PI and Academic Director for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Civic Leadership Institute funded by the US Department of State and administered by UD Institute for Global Studies(IGS). The program supports 25 young African Fellows for a summer leadership institute hosted by several institutions including UD. This institute promotes global awareness at UD, and it also engages with the broader local community and statewide.
UDaily Article – Louis L. Redding Diversity Awards