In Remembrance of VOICES Alum Karen Dickinson
Karen Dickinson’s belief in possibilities has profoundly impacted my life and the lives of many others. Her positive belief in making the impossible happen changed and enriched our world. Her kindness and thoughtfulness will be remembered by many of us who worked with her during her decades of dedicated service to the university.
From her thoughtful response to every email I ever sent, to her encouragement in challenging times, Karen was a reliable inspiration. Her absolute confidence led to the success of so many initiatives, which made the university a more welcoming place. She transformed lives and significantly impacted our community.
Her passion to develop leaders, and build fulfilling careers was legendary. Her commitment to improve the lives of women through the Commission for Women and the Women of Color Task Force, and her support of VOICES — even when it was just an idea — was indefatigable. Karen’s belief in the value of Positive Organizational Scholarship helped shape VOICES. And her contributions continue in the form of her ideas for the U-M Bicentennial celebration.
Karen’s rich and storied contributions are emblematic of the powerful stories and cherished memories that will inspire us, now and in the future. With her passing on April 13, 2012, we have lost a trusted friend and treasured colleague — a true VOICES champion.
Associate Vice President for Human Resources