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Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award

2017 Recipient: James S. Jackson, PhD

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) are pleased to announce that Dr. James S. Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and former director of the Institute of Social Research, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award.


Dr. Jackson will deliver the Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award Lecture on Monday, October 30th from 3:30-5pm at the Rackham Amphitheater entitled, "From Affirmative Action to Diversity in Higher Education":

The celebration of diversity in higher education has been a long time coming. There are many reasons for this tortuous path and we will explore some of them in my talk. The University of Michigan has been a leader in this journey, but not without its own missteps in the larger context of racialized social and political beliefs, and actions in the larger culture of the United States.

The lecture is open to the public and will be video-recorded and live-streamed here.

As the founding director of the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA), Dr. Jackson is internationally recognized for his innovative research on the influence of race on the health of African Americans, including the groundbreaking National Survey of Black Americans (NSBA) and National Survey of American Life (NASL) which are considered the most extensive social, economic, and mental and physical health surveys of the U.S. Black population across the lifespan. These and other frameworks that have come out of the PRBA have provided a foundational framework for understanding racial and ethnic disparities in physical and mental health across the lifespan, and elevated the value of applied work in academic fields.

Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Jackson created training opportunities for — and also served as mentor, advocate, and sponsor for--generations of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty of color. These scholars in turn have continued to engage in groundbreaking research, and serve as influential academics in their own right — addressing critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their research, teaching, mentoring, and public engagement across multiple fields.


Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Forty Years of Research on Black Americans

In honor of his work, there will also be a day-long symposium immediately preceding the Distinguished Diversity Scholar Lecture. This symposium brings together many of Dr. Jackson’s former students, collaborators, and colleagues to discuss issues of race, ethnicity, and health outcomes.

Live stream | Panels 1-3
Live stream | Panel 4

This symposium is free and open to the public, and includes a light lunch for attendees. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

Currently planned panels for the symposium include:

Aging and Physical Health Research (9:15-10:15 AM)
Tom LaVeist, George Washington University
Peter Litchenberg, Wayne State University
Briana Metzuk, University of Michigan

Research on Discrimination and Social Identity (10:15-11:15 AM)
Courtney Cogburn, Columbia University
Patrica Gurin, University of Michigan
Eleanor Seaton, Arizona State University
David Williams, Harvard University

Research from the Ground-Breaking Program for Research on Black Americans Data Sets with a focus on Politics, Religion, Caribbean Blacks, and Adolescents (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
R. Khari Brown, Wayne State University
Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, University of Michigan
Linda Chatters, University of Michigan
Ishtar Govia, University of the West Indies
Robert J. Taylor, University of Michigan

The Mental Health of Black Americans (2-3 PM)
Carl Bell, Jackson Park Hospital Family Medicine Clinic
Darrell Hudson, Washington University
Harold W. Neighbors, Michigan State University
Belinda Tucker, University of California at Los Angeles

About the Award

The Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award recognizes a senior faculty member at the University of Michigan who has made important contributions to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, scholarship and creative endeavors, who has an outstanding record as an educator in teaching and mentoring, and whose work has focused on issues of importance to underrepresented communities.