November 30, 2017
Topic: Campus News
The recipients of the 2017 Center for the Education of Women's Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change are Katrina C. Wade-Golden, deputy chief diversity officer, and Trina R. Shanks, associate professor of social work.
The award, which honors retired CEW Director Carol Hollenshead and was presented Nov. 15 at the 2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium, is given annually to University of Michigan faculty and staff whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
As deputy chief diversity officer and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion's director of implementation, Wade-Golden plays a critical role in supporting and providing leadership for the planning and implementation of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan.
She has more than 20 years of experience working with complex longitudinal data sets and has led several projects, including the Michigan Student Study, which served a pivotal role in buttressing the university's legal rationale before the U.S. Supreme Court surrounding the educational benefits of a diverse student body.
Wade-Golden previously served as the assistant director and senior research scientist in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from U-M and a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Wayne State University.
Shanks also is a faculty associate at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research. She 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 savings plans for their children.
As a faculty member with the Technical Assistance Center, Shanks has been actively engaged in six Detroit communities as part of the Good Neighborhoods program. She also is an evaluator for Detroit's summer youth employment program, Grow Detroit's Young Talent.
She has served on the state of Michigan's Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, and is one of the national network co-leads for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare's Grand Challenge for Social Work concerning reducing extreme economic inequality.
Shanks earned a Ph.D. and master's degree in social work and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. As a Rhodes Scholar, she earned a Master of Philosophy degree in comparative social research from the University of Oxford.