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June 20, 2018

Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award nominees sought

February 8, 2018

Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award nominees sought

Topic: Campus News

Nominations are being accepted through March 23 for the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, and can be submitted by faculty, staff and students.

All submissions must include a nomination letter, which should not exceed 2,000 words.

The Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, named after a dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, was established in 1996 to recognize faculty whose service goes above and beyond their regular duties, and contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community.

Previously, nominees were required to be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty. Beginning this year, nominations will be accepted for all regular instructional and research faculty, including librarians, curators, and archivists on the Ann Arbor campus, including those in the Medical School.

"The faculty at U-M are essential to the success of developing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive university. Regardless of their title, we want to make sure that all faculty have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding work in their respective fields," says Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer.

The nomination letter should explain the particular distinction that makes the nominee exceptionally qualified for this honor using one or more of the following criteria:

• Public or academically oriented endeavors that demonstrate intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity in service, teaching, scholarship, or creative activity.

• Efforts to increase diversity or improve the climate within one's academic unit or the university.

• Efforts to use scholarly or creative work to enhance the success of students and faculty of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

• Willingness to serve as a mentor to students who have a commitment to diversity and social justice.

• Sustained effort and demonstrated outcomes to bring about equity in our community or society as a whole.

The nomination letter may also incorporate quotations from former and current students, peers, faculty and communities impacted by the nominee's work.

Nominations must include the nomination form, a letter from the nominator regarding the nominee's service and accomplishments in the areas described above, and a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae.

Up to five awards are made annually, and include a $5,000 stipend for each honoree.