James T. Neubacher Award

Congratulations to the 2020 James T. Neubacher Award Recipient - Christa Moran

The virtual award presentation is Thursday, Oct. 29, at 2:30 p.m. and will feature Certificates of Appreciation to 13 additional nominees. All are welcome to attend via this Zoom webinar

See a PDF of the Neubacher Award Presentation Program.

Christa Moran has always had an interest in helping others. Growing up in a family of medical care professionals, family dinner discussions often focused on patients and their care.

When she heard about the claims of a deaf man’s family — that he died of cancer after a medical facility failed to give him a sign language interpreter, which kept him from fully understanding his cancer diagnosis — a light bulb went off in Moran’s head.  

“It was something that just hit me. This is something that I need to do,” she said. “I need to put together all the areas I feel I have skills in and a passion for and do it. I threw myself into getting the training to be an interpreter.” 

After intensive medical interpreter training and years of fieldwork, Moran is a supervising staff interpreter and trainer of medical interpreters at University of Michigan Hospital and this year’s James T. Neubacher Award recipient.

Read more about Christa Moran in the University Record

The award is presented to a faculty member, staff member, student, or alum of the University for significant achievements in:

  • Empowering people with disabilities.
  • Advocating for or advancing disability rights or disability justice.
  • Increasing the accessibility of programs and services to promote disability inclusion.

The award is sponsored by the U-M Council for Disability Concerns, the Office of Institutional Equity, University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine, and the Office of the President.

Make a nomination for the 32nd Neubacher Award now!