Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award

"Diversity is a key ingredient in the excellence of the University of Michigan. When we engage with people from different backgrounds, we learn more and have greater potential to make an impact on our students, patients and society. We cannot be excellent without being diverse."

- President Mark Schlissel

Do you know a member of the staff, or an entire work team that stands out by demonstrating extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at the University of Michigan? Share your story by making a nomination for the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.

The Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award was established to shine a light on those staff members who work toward achieving a welcoming, supportive and inclusive working environment. It is intended to celebrate those who embrace the value of diversity and recognize how it helps set the university apart.

As many as ten awards for individuals and five awards for teams will be made each year. Award winners will receive written recognition and money to use for professional development activities and/or training ($1,000 for individual recipients, $2,500 for team recipients to share). This award is made possible by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources to celebrate progress toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

If you have questions about the award, please contact Jennifer Wade at the Office for Institutional Equity: 763-0235.  

To recognize faculty who champion diversity, please see the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.

Congratulations to 2016 Distinguished Diversity Leaders! 

Individual Award Recipients 

  • Patricia Anderson, University Library

  • Clyde Barnett, Dean of Students Office

  • Erin Beene, Obstetrics &Gynecology

  • Lumas Helaire, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives

  • Maya Kobersy, Office of the General Counsel

  • Tina Pryor, School of Dentistry

  • Shelagh Saenz, School of Public Health

  • Dana Sitzler, Government Relations

  • Katrina Wade-Golden, Office of the Provost

  • Cornelius Wright, LSA Chemistry

Front:  Clyde Barnett, Patricia Anderson, Maya Kobersy, Tina Pryor, Katrina Wade-Golden Back:  Lumas Helaire, Dana Sitzler, Cornelius Wright, Shelagh Saenz, Erin Beene

Front:  Clyde Barnett, Patricia Anderson, Maya Kobersy, Tina Pryor, Katrina Wade-Golden

Back:  Lumas Helaire, Dana Sitzler, Cornelius Wright, Shelagh Saenz, Erin Beene
 

Team Award Recipients

  • Child & Adolescent Gender Services Team

    Kari Merryman, Sara Wiener, Ellen Selkie Absent:  Daniel Shumer, Johanna Quigley, Sara Kahn
    Kari Merryman, Sara Wiener, Ellen Selkie

    Absent:  Daniel Shumer, Johanna Quigley, Sara Kahn
     

  • Committee for Intercultural Development - LSA Student Academic Affairs

    Front:  Esrold Nurse, Ching-Yune Sylvester, Kierra Trotter Back:  Charles Taylor, David Brawn, Jeffery Harrold, Liese Hull Absent:  Evan Copeland, Lara Hamza
    Front:  Esrold Nurse, Ching-Yune Sylvester, Kierra Trotter

    Back:  Charles Taylor, David Brawn, Jeffery Harrold, Liese Hull

    Absent:  Evan Copeland, Lara Hamza
     

  • ECE Student Activity & Recruitment Team - College of Engineering

    Front:  Kevin Calhoun, José-Antonio Rubio, Rose Anderson, Ann Stals Back:  Lisa Armstrong, Steven Pejuan, Jason Davis Absent:  Ann Riggs
    Front:  Kevin Calhoun, José-Antonio Rubio, Rose Anderson, Ann Stals

    Back:  Lisa Armstrong, Steven Pejuan, Jason Davis

    Absent:  Ann Riggs
     

  • English Language Program - U-M Flint

    Sara Faitel, Jolene Jaquays, Julie Coe, Anna Eddy
    Sara Faitel, Jolene Jaquays, Julie Coe, Anna Eddy

     

  • LSA Undergraduate Laptop Loan Program

    Lisa Ahlgren, Gretchen Kopmanis, Susan Perreault, Erin Ranville

    Absent:  Rob Wilke, Justin Day