Photo of Carol HollensheadIn honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s twenty-year tenure at the Center for the Education of Women, CEW created the Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Awardees are faculty and staff (either an individual or a group) whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

The nominees must be affiliated with the University of Michigan. However, the focus of their efforts may be either within or beyond the university. Honorees will be those who, like Carol, have proven that social change is possible through persistent hard work and who realize that one person can make a lasting difference.

Criteria for the award

  • Sustained effort and demonstrated outcomes in achieving greater equity in this community or beyond
  • Creativity in devising strategic approaches to advocacy and problem solving
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Effective coalition building

This award is given in conjunction with the CEW Mullin Welch Lecture Series. The Mullin Welch Lecture Series was established in 1989 by Frances Daseler and Marjorie Jackson in memory of their sister Elizabeth Charlotte Mullin Welch. This fund brings women leaders to campus who exemplify Elizabeth’s characteristics: creativity, strength of character and expansive vision.


2018 Winner

Rada MihalceaRada Mihalcea, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, College of Engineering

Rada Mihalcea is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on natural language processing, multimodal processing, and computational social science. Mihalcea has published 220 articles since 1998 on topics ranging from semantic analysis of text to creating software that can detect lying. President Barack Obama granted her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008.  Mihalcea leads Girls Encoded, a program that addresses the challenges and issues faced by women in computer science. Her goal is to increase the pipeline of women in engineering and to retain those who have entered into the field.

2017 Winners

Trina R. Shanks, PhD – 2017 Faculty Awardee

Dr. Trina R. Shanks is an Associate Professor at the U-M School of Social Work and also serves as a Faculty Associate at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research. In her current research, funded by the Ford Foundation, Dr. Shanks is co-investigator for the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment Impact Assessment study, which has set up a quasi-experimental research design to test the impact of offering Head Start families college education plans for their children.

Dr. Shanks has been actively engaged over a ten-year period in six Detroit communities as part of the Good Neighborhoods program. She is also an evaluator of Detroit’s City Summer Youth Employment Program, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent. Dr. Shanks has served on the Michigan State Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, and is currently one of the national network co-leads for the Social Work Grand Challenge: Reversing Extreme Economic Inequality. A former Peace Corps volunteer and Rhodes scholar, Shanks earned a PhD in Social Work from Washington University, and a MS in Comparative Social Research from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

CEW is honored to recognize Dr. Trina Shanks for her stellar research and scholarship efforts on the intersection of race, education, poverty and health in families, particularly for the impact of the two studies that have greatly impacted the lives of numerous families in southeastern Michigan.

Katrina C. Wade-Golden, PhD – 2017 Staff Awardee

Dr. Katrina C. Wade-Golden is the Assistant Vice Provost and newly appointed Deputy Chief Diversity Officer. In this capacity, she serves as the director of planning and implementation for the University-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan. An accomplished researcher with 20+ years of project management experience, Dr. Wade-Golden leads several projects including the Michigan Student Study which served a pivotal role in buttressing the University’s legal rationale before the Supreme Court surrounding the educational benefits of a diverse student body. Prior to her position in the Provost Office, Dr. Wade-Golden was the Assistant Director and Senior Research Scientist in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

Dr. Wade-Golden is the co-author of Strategic Diversity Leadership (2007) and The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy Structure, and Change Management (2013), a 2-part primer for university leaders on the function of the chief diversity officer. Dr. Wade-Golden earned both a MS and Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Wayne State University, and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in human resources and organizational development.

CEW is thrilled to recognize Dr. Katrina C. Wade-Golden’s scholarship and strategic leadership on the U-M institutional DEI plan as well as her work at OAMI on the Michigan Study of the Undergraduate Student Experience with the 2017 Carol Hollenshead Staff Award.

2016 Winners

Faculty Awardee

Omolala (Lola) Eniola-Adefeso, PhD., Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, for her efforts to create STEM pipeline programs for women and students of color in order to diversify the field of Engineering.

Professor Lola Eniola-Adefeso has been a game changer in enhancing the culture and climate of the department of Chemical Engineering. As part of the Chemical Engineering department’s graduate committee since 2008, she was instrumental in improving the quality and diversity in the PhD program. Since taking reins as graduate chair, diversity in this department’s graduate program has further improved while maintaining high standards – the current first year PhD class has 44% women and 26% underrepresented minority. As a 2015 Faculty Fellow, Eniola-Adefeso’s focus was on faculty diversity. Her work resulted in several suggestions that were implemented by the department where she currently chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) faculty sub-committee for the College of Engineering. Last year, she chaired the NextProf workshop which brings graduate students and postdocs to campus to learn more about becoming a faculty member. In addition, Prof. Eniola-Adefeso created a project for College of Engineering undergradutes to interact with high school students in Ypsilanti and Detroit. According to Dean Alec Gallimore, “the creativity she (Lola) draws upon mostly comes from her reaching out to have discussions with others…and she provides a great example of what can be replicated elsewhere in CoE and across U-M – good actionable recommendations and conclusions.”

Staff Awardee

Jack Bernard, JD, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel for his decades of work to achieve greater equity for those persons who have learning and visual difficulties.

Attorney Jack Bernard has been a leader since his days as a student here on campus. He joined the University of Michigan as a staff person in 1999 and serves as Associate General Counsel. His primary areas of responsibility include intellectual property, academic freedom and speech, privacy, security, computing and cyberlaw, media rights, student rights, affiliation agreements, and disability law. He is currently Chair of the University of Michigan’s Council for Disability Concerns (CFDC). From his earliest association with the University of Michigan, Attorney Bernard has been a campus leader in promoting accommodation and inclusion of people with disabilities. He has been instrumental in establishing the Hathitrust which provides access to resource materials to individuals with learning and visual difficulties. And his leadership of the Barrier-Free Computer Users Group (BFCUG), among other activities, won him the James T. Neubacher Award, the highest recognition for disability awareness bestowed by U-M, while he was still a student. CFDC committee member, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, described Jack Bernard as “kind and caring, reaching out in a low-key but effective manner to do whatever he can to provide fairness to all–faculty/staff/students and even alumni.”

2015 Winners

The 2015 recipients of the U-M Center for the Education of Women’s Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change are Sandra Gregerman, Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), and Edward Goldman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Sandy Gregerman has directed and developed Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for over twenty years. She has connected thousands of students and mentors, with an emphasis on creating research opportunities for underrepresented groups that will strengthen their academic experience and reduce attrition. Under her leadership, what began as a modest effort to engage first- and second-year undergraduates, expanded to become the premier and longest running program of its kind. Gregerman conducts workshops across the country to share the UROP model, which demonstrates the importance of early engagement in undergraduate research.

By working closely with many U-M programs, Gregerman ensures that diverse students have access to undergraduate research. This includes the Comprehensive Studies Program, new “mobile” science and engineering programs, Women in Science, Women in Engineering, M-STEM academies, as well as programs for humanities and social science research. She created the model “alternative pathways” program to introduce qualified community college students to research and facilitate their transfer to U-M. UROP also offers outplacement programs conducted both in- and outside the university, in particular a research program in Detroit to benefit non-profit community based organizations and their constituencies.

In addition, Gregerman developed programming to support the success of young students in research through an innovative peer advising program that facilitates seminars on research methods, research ethics and integrity, and multicultural issues in research.

Gregerman is recognized as a passionate advocate and mentor of minority students, women, and those under-served in society. According to Professor John Jonides, “she has done this work with vision, creativity, complete dedication, and skillful negotiation with faculty and administrative units.”

Ed Goldman is an attorney who headed the U-M Health System Legal Office from 1978 to 2009. From 2004 to 2009, he also served as associate vice president and deputy general counsel for the University. In 2009 he moved to the Medical School Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Adjunct Associate Professor in order to create its Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice Program. He also holds teaching appointments in Public Health, Women’s Studies, and the Law School. He is also working with a law school in Ghana to create a Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter and a teaching curriculum in women’s rights.

A 2013 conference led by Goldman drew over 200 participants to further collaborations on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and Africa. Goldman subsequently received a Ford Foundation grant aimed at improving capacity and collaboration across reproductive rights organizations in Michigan.

As a health system attorney, Goldman encouraged a proactive and collaborative approach to solving problems in order to limit the risk of lawsuits. He organized small groups of physicians, nurses, students and social workers to discuss patient access to information and cooperation. He suggested Grand Rounds trainings that crossed faculty disciplines and professional roles, resulting in improved decision-making and policies benefiting patients.

Professor Alexandra Stern describes Goldman as “a creative, smart, funny, and gentle problem solver…. an advocate and an academic who works exceedingly well with advocates out in the ‘real world.’” Colleague Sallie Foley says “he has the ability to pull the best from others …. He truly reflects Carol Hollenshead’s attributes.”

The 2015 Carol Hollenshead Award was presented on Wednesday April 1, 2015 in the Kahn Auditorium at BSRB. The award ceremony preceded a free public lecture by Ms. Michel Martin, an American journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio and ABC News, gave the keynote address.

2014 Winners

Kathleen Donohoe, Associate Director of Human Resources for Policy

Kathleen Donohoe’s commitment to service, justice and gender and social equity have spanned the length of her 24-year storied career with the United States Coast Guard and her 11 years with the University of Michigan. Appointed the first Director of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy Office in 1999, Ms. Donohoe has educated the U-M community on ways to prevent, recognize and respond to sexual harassment. She vigilantly investigated incidents reported by faculty, staff and students. She was one of the chief architects of the University’s award-winning “Abuse Hurts: Recognize, Respond and Refer” program which delivers training on abuse recognition and prevention, and provides educational and sustaining support.

Since 2007, Donohoe has served as Associate Director of Policy in the office of University Human Resources. In this role she manages the creation, review and implementation of the University’s human resources’ policies and practices – making it her mission to create policies that service everyone and are effective, just and understandable. Donohoe exemplifies servant leadership in her role as a member of Safehouse Center’s board of directors, whose mission it is to build communities free of domestic and sexual violence. Always the stalwart and supportive leader, she maintains the focus on survivors while strategically strengthening the institutional systems at the University and in the greater community to confront the impacts of violence against women.

Dorceta Taylor, Professor of Environmental Sociology at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Program in Environment

Dorceta Taylor founded and directs the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI), which promotes diversity in the environmental movement and in the leadership of environmental organizations. She started MELDI in 2002 to help those with no ties to traditional environmental networks gain access to them through admission into university environmental programs, as well as internships, jobs and board roles in environmental organizations.In addition to providing career resources, the MELDI website highlights outstanding achievements by minorities in the environmental field, and includes directories, maps and databases on food insecurity, as well as databases of environmental justice researchers worldwide.

Dr. Taylor encourages students and faculty to be community activists by using their research to meaningfully address environmental issues. Her courses explore themes of social inequality, poverty, mobilization, and environment, emphasizing active, field-based engagement. Her research has helped diffuse stereotypes and legitimized claims of environmental racism and discrimination. Her research supports policies that enhance quality of life in minority and poor communities. One example is her work with Growing Hope, a successful Ypsilanti community garden initiative. Taylor structured her research grant so that low-income community residents are full partners rather than subjects to be studied. Community representatives participate on the advisory board and in research meetings and have great leeway in designing the community project.

2013 Winners

Carol Hutchins, Head Coach for Women’s Softball, for her relentless commitment to improve the experience of female student-athletes at UM and across the country.

Carol (“Hutch”) Hutchins’ commitment to gender equity in intercollegiate athletics began as a student-athlete at Michigan State University when she successfully sued the MSU Board of Regents to demand equal rights for the women’s sports programs. Hutch’s fight for equitable opportunities for women continued throughout her 31 years of service at U-M as she sought to provide equal resources and experiences for her student-athletes. Her commitment to gender equity has assured that women at U-M have the scholarships, positive experiences, and educational opportunities to develop into incredible leaders.

The winningest coach in Michigan Athletics history, Hutch’s leadership, spirit, and generosity have elevated the recognition of women in sports, within the Big 10 and beyond. Hutch and her Michigan Softball following have also been significant fundraisers and supporters for breast cancer research and other notable charities like Mott Children’s Hospital.

Carol Fierke, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, for leadership in transforming her department into a national model of diversity, inclusiveness and excellence.

Since 1999, Carol has led the Chemistry department through a rigorous evaluation and transformation process. For example, she implemented an open search process, which challenged traditional divisions held within chemistry. Because women and minorities are more likely to work in the intersections of the field, Carol made sure every search committee had faculty from all the domains..The climate there now fosters inclusion and success for all its members, and serves as a resource to others wishing to emulate that change. With a more diverse, interdisciplinary and vibrant assortment of faculty, Carol helped U-M Chemistry move into the top 10 of U.S. Chemistry departments.

Carol also increased transparency in the tenure and promotion process, and launched an enhanced mentoring structure for junior faculty. The mentoring program has been so successful that it will be extended to all STEM disciplines in LS&A and Engineering. As a member of the STRIDE committee, she educates faculty about “Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence.”

2012 Winners

Professor Edith (Edie) Lewis of the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Department of Women’s Studies centered her research and teaching on social justice concerns since arriving at UM in 1985. (Since winning the award, she has retired from the UM.) Her primary research interests included methods used by women of color to offset personal, familial, community, and professional role strain. Lewis also worked extensively in Ghana on women’s successful economic development strategies.

Lewis’s strategies for approaching advocacy and problem solving for oppressed groups have become part of the required training for MSW students. Outside of the classroom, she has actively fostered a sense of community for generations of women of color faculty, staff and students campus-wide, through her personal support, mentorship, and her role in establishing the Women of Color in the Academy Project.

Catherine Lilly is the Senior Advisor to Tim Slottow, the UM Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She has devoted her career to promoting diversity and inclusion and to developing leadership and organizational effectiveness among University employees. Among Lilly’s accomplishments are directing the Business and Finance Leadership Academy, leading UM Diversity Community Conferences in 2009 and 2010, leading the Business and Finance Diversity Committee, helping launch the Business and Finance Diversity Passport, and implementing the Business and Finance Diversity Plan. In addition, she is an active member of a UM labor-management partnership that strives to reduce conflict and grievances by addressing issues proactively.

Lilly was also instrumental in the creation of the New Millennium Leaders Series (now the CEW Advanced Leadership Program) and VOICES of the Staff. Trained as a social worker, Lilly has a long record as an organizational development consultant within and beyond the University.