2022 Open Inquiry
HxA presents the Open Inquiry Awards to honor exemplary individuals, groups, and institutions who are leading the way in improving classrooms, campuses, and scholarship by championing our values.
The HxA mission is advanced, in part, by the work of exceptional people committed across our institutions of higher education that advance open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in the classroom and across campus. The 2022 Open Inquiry awards were presented at the discretion of inaugural President, John Tomasi, in the categories of Leadership, Courage, and Exceptional Student.
In reflecting on the work and accomplishments of this year’s award winners John Tomasi stated, “It is so important to have luminaries to look up to and to emulate. Roslyn, Emma, and Dorian are three members of the academy who do just that: inspire us to recommit to improving the institutions we love.”.
Roslyn Clark Artis, Ph.D.
Leadership AwardThe Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has most effectively championed the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in the academy and beyond. Roslyn Clark Artis, Ph.D., is the 14th and first woman president of Benedict College. Previously, Artis served as the 13th and first woman president of Florida Memorial University. An active HxA member, Artis is a contributor to HxA’s Best Practices Guide and has been an expert panelist for roundtable discussions on the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education. Artis has been recognized nationally for her commitment to the proliferation and transformation of colleges and universities that serve underrepresented people of color. She was named Female HBCU President of the Year by HBCU Digest, a Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and, in 2020, President of the Year by Higher Ed Dive for her leadership in navigating the challenges of the pandemic. Artis is a model for promoting and enacting Heterodox Academy’s core values of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement on campus. Guided by a strong moral compass, she has been fearlessly committed to standing up for freedom of expression, challenging entrenched conventions and orthodoxies, and pushing students to think beyond their current horizons. She is an inspirational leader and a guide for those who seek to improve the quality of research and teaching in higher education.
Dorian Abbot, Ph.D.
The Courage Award is presented to an individual who has
demonstrated consistent courage in pursuing truth and bravery in
championing the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and
constructive disagreement in the academy despite social and professional
Dorian Abbot, Ph.D., is an associate professor of
geophysics at the University of Chicago and the co-moderator of
Heterodox Academy’s HxSTEM Community. Abbot uses mathematical and
computational models to understand and explain fundamental problems in
earth and planetary sciences. His work centers on problems related to
climate, paleoclimate, planetary habitability, and exoplanets.
In addition to his work as a geophysicist, Abbot is
passionately committed to an ideal of fairness and building the next
generation of scholars. He advocates
for a system of Merit, Fairness, and Equality (MFE) “whereby university
applicants are treated as individuals and evaluated through a rigorous
and unbiased process based on their merit and qualifications alone.”
Although Abbot’s views on diversity initiatives came under
intense scrutiny and led to the cancellation of his October 2021 talk at
MIT’s John Carlson Lecture, he has demonstrated consistent courage and
bravery in championing his beliefs despite the costs he has endured. He
has become a household name in higher education for being a professor
who chose courage over fear, the pursuit of truth over group conformity,
and free inquiry over censorship of any kind.
Exceptional Student Award
The Exceptional Student Award is presented to an
undergraduate or graduate student who has made vital and durable
contributions to open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive
disagreement in higher education.
Emma Camp graduated from the University of Virginia in 2022
with a degree in philosophy and English. While at the University of
Virginia, she was a Jefferson Scholar, a regular freelance writer for Reason Magazine, and a Heterodox Academy Student Affiliate.
With a passion for debate and critical inquiry, Emma has
been outspoken in her support for freedom of speech on college campuses.
In her pursuit to uphold and protect free inquiry, she interned for the
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and wrote extensively
about campus speech for Reason Magazine, Persuasion, the Cavalier Daily, FIRE Newsdesk, and most recently, the New York Times.
Emma’s pointed and honest New York Times op-ed, “I Came to College Eager for Debate. I Found Self-Censorship Instead,” reverberated around the nation, reinvigorating national debates about the speech climate on college campuses. As a student suddenly thrust into the spotlight, Emma has remained as principled and constructive as ever. In the face of derogation and unconstructive pushback, she has demonstrated exceptional bravery in championing the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.
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