Neubacher Award goes to student leader Lloyd E. Shelton


Lloyd E. Shelton is the recipient of the 2014 James T. Neubacher Award, which is conferred annually by the university’s Council for Disability Concerns in recognition of extraordinary leadership and service in support of the disability community.

Regent Julia Donovan Darlow will present the Neubacher to Shelton on Oct. 24, in a ceremony that begins at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and ends at noon, at the Rackham Building’s fourth-floor Assembly Hall. It is open to the university community and general public.

Shelton’s Neubacher keynote remarks will address “The Intersectionality of Disability and Diversity.”

“Mr. Shelton is both inspired and inspiring. In the nominating process, we were astounded to learn about his numerous substantial contributions across a broad array of important initiatives,” said Neubacher Award Committee Chair Anna Ercoli Schnitzer. “The committee’s 2014 award decision was exuberant as well as unanimous.”

Lloyd E. Shelton, founder and president of the Students with Disabilities and our Allies Group, is the recipient of the 2014 James A. Neubacher Award. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

Shelton, a second-year Master of Social Work student on track to graduate in 2015, is founder and president of the Students with Disabilities and our Allies Group at the university. Shelton formed SDAG to tackle disabled students’ priority issues from two directions: a support network of disabled students and their allies, and proactive engagement with the broad campus community. 

Shelton’s vision brings together students, faculty and staff with disabilities, along with allies, for networking, learning, educating and activism. 

“Although Lloyd humbly credits the group for the creation and continuation of SDAG, it is clear to the group’s members that, without his drive, leadership and commitment to issues facing students with disabilities on college campuses, this group would not have come to be,” wrote nominator Marie Ting, associate director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity
 at U-M.

Shelton’s additional leadership and service includes: member of the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues Commissioner and U-M’s Council for Disability Concerns; Students of Color of Rackham political activist chair and executive board member; S.O.S. Community Services tutor to homeless youth and those recently placed in housing. 

The Council for Disability Concerns was established in 1983 by then-President Harold Shapiro to act in an advisory capacity regarding university programs and policies which affect people with disabilities.

The council established its most prestigious honor, the James T. Neubacher Award, in 1990 as a memorial to U-M alumnus Jim Neubacher, who was a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and an advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.



  1. Jennifer Brown
    on September 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations!!! You are doing a wobderful work.

  2. Altonio Burton
    on September 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Special kudos to my friend Mr. Shelton for the extraordinary work you’re doing.

  3. susan crabb
    on September 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations! This is a well deserved honor!
    Thank you for pushing forward the work for all students with disabilities and their allies.

  4. Gordon Leacock
    on September 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for your hard work organizing, engaging and educating people on the issues and how to move forward!

  5. Roger Hella (VAD Board Member)
    on January 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Lloyd, The Volunteers Assisting the Disabled Board ( is very proud of you and wish you all the best! We look forward to you attending Summer Camp the week of July 19 at Camp Cavell.

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