Published: April 29, 2019

Photo of Dr. Ryan Crewe at his deskDr. Ryan Crewe was presented with the Diversity in Teaching Award by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May of 2019. A formal presentation ceremony was held on May 3rd. Dr. Crewe, who teaches a myriad of courses ranging from History of Modern Mexico to Oceans in History, was nominated for this award by the international studies program. Dr. Crewe says he was honored to receive this award and takes this as a sign that the university is doing everything to support the teaching of histories that are often sidelined in our society. He especially thought that the existence of this award shows the importance of placing value on the histories of peoples and regions that have been left out of mainstream narratives. Dr. Crewe hopes that his students will think about diversity and inclusion as verbs, not nouns. When asked why diversity is important in history Dr. Crewe said, "It is actually the same thing as doing History: it is the practice of empathy, listening to and learning from a myriad of voices, and seeing nuances, complexity, and agency in the world around us.  We need to valorize diversity now more than ever.  I'm glad that CU Denver recognizes this as a core part of what we do as historians." The CU Denver History Department congratulates Dr. Crewe for receiving this honor and continues to recognize the need for diverse course topics and perspectives. 

Dr. Ryan Crewe