Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for the past seven years, has been named the first recipient of the American Council on Education's Women's Network/Connecticut Women in Higher Education Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award. This award was created to recognize and honor women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large.
"Dr. Cid is an inspiration to women everywhere," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "especially young women considering careers in science. As our Dean of Arts and Sciences for the past seven years, Dr. Cid has supported undergraduate research, led efforts to enhance access and retention for underrepresented student populations, and advocated for our faculty and students to have research opportunities in science. She is a distinguished member of the biology faculty who leads by example."
Cid's advocacy of women in higher education began in 1991 with her appointment as chair of the Women and Minorities Committee of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). She successfully laid the foundation for this newly established committee through initiatives and programs for mentoring and promoting career development of women and minorities. During her three-year term, Cid, a native of Cuba, developed the first Careers in Ecology brochure, coordinated the first provision of child care at the ESA annual meeting, and coordinated the publication of the first ESA article on career options for dual-career couples.
In 1994, Cid was one of the first recipients of four-year National Science Foundation funding for developing programs to improve participation and mentoring of girls and women in the sciences, with the project entitled "United Connecticut for Women in Mathematics, Science and Engineering."
Since 2005, Cid has been an active member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the national professional organization for deans of arts and Sciences.