"Seven faculty members whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse U-M community have received the 2017 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost.
The recipients are:
• Patricia Coleman-Burns, School of Nursing (Lifetime Achievement Award).
• Ellen Arruda, College of Engineering.
• Anna Mapp, LSA.
• Karin Martin, LSA.
• Anthony Mora, LSA.
• Alisse Portnoy, LSA.
• Dawn Tilbury, CoE.
"The University of Michigan is incredibly fortunate to have such an outstanding group of recipients this year. Their commitment and contributions make us better as a university, and their impact on challenging issues has been invaluable," says Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.
"I'm confident these efforts will have a lasting effect in making U-M a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community."
Established in 1996, the award is given in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work. The awards will be presented during a May 9 ceremony in which recipients will receive $5,000 towards further research, scholarship or student service opportunities.
The following profiles have been compiled from information submitted in nominations.
Martin, professor of sociology and of women's studies, LSA, has dedicated her time to supporting students of color and LGBTQ students, and has chaired many dissertation committees that produced sociological work that advanced understanding of issues surrounding race, class, gender and sexual orientation.
As the graduate director in sociology, Martin recruited and mentored a diverse group of graduate students. She is one of the go-to faculty members for students from non-traditional backgrounds who want careers outside of the research university. As the undergraduate director of sociology, she developed and organized an annual dinner for underrepresented and first-generation students to learn about graduate school.
Martin was one of the first Rackham Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education for the Department of Sociology and she continues to serve on the committee for Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence, otherwise known as STRIDE. On this committee, she has reviewed, organized and presented research on implicit bias and how to overcome that obstacle in the hiring process.
As associate director of the U-M ADVANCE Program, Martin has spearheaded efforts centering on a family-friendly climate, including child care. She serves as the unit's key liaison with the campuswide diversity, equity and inclusion effort and is a member of the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program selection committee, which works to bring a diverse group of fellows to campus with the hope they become tenure-track faculty.
"A generous, compassionate and committed advocate, she epitomizes what we look for in a leader of campus efforts toward diversity, equity and inclusion," wrote Alford A. Young, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor and chair of sociology, and professor of Afroamerican and African studies, LSA; and professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.""