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

Congratulations to 2015 Distinguished Diversity Leaders! 

Individual Award Recipients (See photos and read more at the Record.)

  • Laura Sánchez -Parkinson , Program Coordinator, NCID
  • Jane Berliss-Vincent, Assistive Technology Manager, ITS
  • Catalina Ormsby, Associate Director, UROP
  • Amanda McLittle, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Housing 
  • Elizabeth James, Program Associate, Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Paul Guttman, Director of Construction Services, Plant
  • Shelly Conner, Assistant Dean, Rackham Graduate School
  • Wendi Fornoff, Web Developer, ICPSR
  • Veronica Falandino, Asst. Dir. of Graduate Programs, School of Information
  • Marlanna Landeros, Program Manager, DPSS

Team Award Recipients (See photos and read more at the Record.)

  • ADVANCE Team
  • Interpersonal Development Inventory Team, U-M Flint
  • Office of Student Services Team , School of Social Work
  • Interpreter Services Team , U-M Flint
  • The Student Leadership and Empowerment Committee, LSA

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 individual and five team awards 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 welcoming, supportive and diverse environment.

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

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