Professor Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and a research professor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics. "Recognized for his innovative research on the influence of race on the health of African Americans, including the National Survey of Black Americans and National Survey of American Life, Jackson's work is considered the most extensive social, mental and physical health survey of the U.S. black population.” A lecture by James and a symposium honoring his lifetime achievements will occur on Oct. 30. Please click here for more about James.

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) invite you to attend the lecture and award ceremony for the university’s inaugural Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award. Dr. James S. Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Institute for Social Research and DAAS, will be honored with this award, and deliver his public lecture.

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

In honor of his work, there will also be a day-long symposium, “A Lifetime of Achievement,” 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 across the lifespan.

The symposium will run from 9am-3pm on Monday, October 30th. It is free and open to the public, and includes a light lunch for attendees.  If you plan to attend, please visit the website above for more information and to RSVP.