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2017 Inaugural Awardee

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, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award. In his honor, the award has been renamed the James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship.


On Monday, October 30, 2017, Dr. Jackson delivered the Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award Lecture, "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.

View Dr. Jackson's lecture below:




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

This day-long symposium immediately preceded Dr. Jackson's Distinguished Diversity Scholar Lecture, bringing together many of Dr. Jackson’s former students, collaborators, and colleagues to discuss issues of race, ethnicity, and health outcomes.

Aging and Physical Health Research
Tom LaVeist, George Washington University (PPT)
Peter Litchenberg, Wayne State University
Briana Metzuk, University of Michigan

Research on Discrimination and Social Identity
Courtney Cogburn, Columbia University (PPT)
Patrica Gurin, University of Michigan
Eleanor Seaton, Arizona State University (PPT)
David Williams, Harvard University (PPT)

Research from the Ground-Breaking Program for Research on Black Americans Data Sets with a focus on Politics, Religion, Caribbean Blacks, & Adolescents
R. Khari Brown, Wayne State University (PPT)
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
Carl Bell, Jackson Park Hospital Family Medicine Clinic (PPT)
Darrell Hudson, Washington University
Harold W. Neighbors, Michigan State University (PPT)
Belinda Tucker, University of California at Los Angeles

About Dr. Jackson

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 (NSAL) which are considered the most extensive social, economic, and mental and physical health surveys of the US 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.

About the Award

The James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship 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.