CEW+ Staff Member wins U-M Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award
Janice Reuben, CEW+ Staff Program Manager and Women of Color Task Force Coordinator, was recently selected as a recipient of the 10th annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award for her long and dedicated history of leadership and service in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. This award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at the University of Michigan and comes with a monetary award to be used toward professional development activities. Janice recently celebrated her 16th anniversary working at the U-M, and during her time here she has implemented and/or served as co-lead for several major diversity initiatives, including the 2011 U-M Staff Mentoring & Coaching for Diversity Conference, 2013-16 Career Development Passport Program, and most recently the convening of the U-M Coalition, a consortium of staff and faculty of color affinity groups on campus. She is currently working with the U-M Flint campus to create affinity groups for their staff of color.
Dr. Tiffany Ng, Assistant Professor of Carillon at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and University Carillonist, was awarded the 8th annual Shirley Verrett Award on February 21 for her significant contributions in teaching, performance, scholarship, and service that supports the success of women in the arts from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Her deep commitment to creating change is demonstrated by her inclusion of women and non-western carillon music in her concerts and in her teaching, challenging the traditional canon. To further the acceptance of diverse repertoire in her field, Ng created and advocated for a new policy that requires any carillonist who performs at U-M’s Lurie or Bell Towers to include at least one piece by a woman.
The Shirley Verrett Award was created in honor of the late Shirley Verrett, a U-M Professor who “would have walked the world over for her students.” Ms. Verrett was a James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and an internationally acclaimed opera singer with over 40 roles during the course of her illustrious four-decade career.
Sarah Goddard Power Award and Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award
Professors Jody R. Lori of the School of Nursing and Rada Mihalcea of the College of Engineering received the 2019 Sarah Goddard Power Award, and the School of Nursing was recognized with the Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award by the Academic Women’s Caucus on February 13, 2019.
Named after the late University of Michigan Regent Sarah Goddard Power, the award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship or other ways in their professional life.
The Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award supports a long-standing vision of increasing the number of diverse women in the academy. Named after the late Vice Provost Rhetaugh Dumas, this award recognizes outstanding institutional initiative in demonstrating notable progress by academic units in achieving ethnic, racial and gender diversity among those pursuing and achieving tenure as professors, clinical professors, research professors, and research scientists.