Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nine individuals, five teams receive Distinguished Diversity Leaders Awards

Recipients of the second annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award (DDLA) recently were celebrated at a breakfast ceremony in Palmer Commons.

The Aug. 24 ceremony included remarks from Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for human resources. The event featured the first public advance screening of a VOICES of the Staff diversity video.

“Creating and sustaining a culture that values diversity in all its forms requires commitment and contribution from all members of the community,” Monts said. “Leadership may set the course, but it is our exceptional staff that works daily to help us reach our destination of an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. We are proud to honor these staff members as Distinguished Diversity Leaders.”

Individual awardees are:

• Tendaji Ganges, executive director and assistant to the chancellor, Educational Opportunity Initiatives, UM-Flint
• Robert Koonce (in memoriam), undergraduate student affairs director, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
• Inel Lewis, career development programs manager, staff adviser, Medical School
• Tiffany Porties, director of recruitment, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
• Greg Snyder, director of contracts and purchasing, UM-Flint
• Mary Stewart, event coordinator, University Unions
• Debbie Taylor, director, Women in Science and Engineering Program, College of Engineering
• Delphine Byrd, Law School Admissions
• Patricia Coleman-Burns, School of Nursing

Team awardees are:

• Michigan Community Scholars staff
• The Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Program
• Business & Finance Diversity Committee
• UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center
• Division of General Pediatrics/Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit

“This award, as well as the VOICES of the Staff video, ‘A Place for You,’ are elements of validation and gratitude for those making a life-long commitment to the journey of inclusion,” Thomas said. “The honorees enrich the university with their passionate and profound efforts. We thank them for contributing their gifts of time and talent, which makes Michigan a better place for us all.”

Established in 2008, the DDLA is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources and administrated by the Office of Institutional Equity. The award recognizes individual staff members and teams for their accomplishments and provides a monetary prize — $1,000 for individuals, $2,500 for teams — to be used towards professional development activities. Staff members on all campuses and in the U-M Health System are eligible.

An online nomination form for the 2010 Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award is available at www.ddla.umich.edu. A call for nominations will be made in early fall.

Individual awardees are, from left, Angela Koonce accepting on behalf of Robert Koonce (in memoriam), undergraduate student affairs director, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Delphine Byrd, Law School Admissions; Tiffany Porties, director of recruitment, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences; Debbie Taylor, director, Women in Science and Engineering Program, College of Engineering; Greg Snyder, director of contracts and purchasing, UM-Flint; Tendaji Ganges, executive director and assistant to the chancellor, Educational Opportunity Initiatives, UM-Flint; Mary Stewart, event coordinator, University Unions; Inel Lewis, career development programs manager, staff adviser, Medical School. Not pictured, Patricia Coleman-Burns, School of Nursing. (Photo by Scott Galvin, Photos Services)

Team awardees are shown in this photo. Teams and their members include the Cancer Center Community Outreach Program: Aisha Langford, Martha Laatsch, Catricia Thomas; Division of General Pediatric /Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit; Michigan Community Scholars Program: David Schoem, Wendy A. Woods, Amanda Hooper, Nicole Wells, Jaimie Phillip, Kate Gallup; Business & Finance Diversity Committee: Catherine Lilly, Raquel dePaula; UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center:. Mary Trepanier-Street, Dr. Seong Hong,. Katie Silverman.(Photo by Scott Galvin, Photos Services)