Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Three honored with Sarah Goddard Power Awards; CHEAR receives Dumas award

Mieko Yoshihama of the School of Social Work, Avery Demond of the College of Engineering, and Elizabeth Cole of LSA have received Sarah Goddard Power Awards for 2013.

The ceremony for the 29th annual awards, which are presented to individuals who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership and support of women faculty, took place Wednesday.

The Academic Women's Caucus, which presents the Power awards, also presented the Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award to the Child Health Evaluation And Research (CHEAR) unit in the Division of General Pediatrics.

Descriptions of the recipients' work are taken from their award citations.

  Mieko Yoshihama

Yoshihama, professor of social work, is a scholar and advocate for women's health and justice. At SSW, her research and practice focus on socio-culturally effective programs to prevent violence against women, immigrant women in particular.

Her work at local, state, national, and international levels during the last 25 years ranges from survey research to community-based participatory action research, from individual and group work to community organizing and mobilization and to policy advocacy.

She has served on numerous teams and task forces, including the Women of Color in the Academy Project and the Center for the Education of Women steering committee. For her efforts in developing a culturally diverse campus she has won the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.

Her dedication to students is reflected in the many graduates who have gone on to continue her work in local and global communities. She has founded numerous organizations dedicated to preventing violence and oppression against women and established non-governmental organizations to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in 2011.

  Avery Demond

Demond, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of that department's Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program, is a leader and mentor dedicated to promoting diversity in engineering.

She has championed the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and won numerous awards for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. They include the Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award and the Rackham Mentoring Award.

As a researcher she has published on topics including the impact of contaminants on soil properties and the impact of historic soil contamination on human health.

Demond co-founded a professional group to reduce the isolation of women in engineering and to mentor female junior faculty in developing countries in a program called Women-Water Nexus, a task committee of the Environmental and Waters Resource Institute. Her recruitment efforts resulted in a doubling of the female enrollment in the environmental engineering doctorate program.

She is one of the creative forces of Michigan Engineering Transfer Support, founded to enhance the diversity of students in engineering. She worked with admissions to develop an admissions process that would recognize talent using nontraditional academic indicators.

  Elizabeth Cole

Cole is a professor of women's studies, psychology and Afroamerican and African studies whose scholarship is rooted theoretically in women's studies and methodologically in psychology. Her work examines the social construction of categories such as gender, race, and social class through a combination of theoretical and empirical work.

Her leadership and ability has transformed the Department of Women's Studies and brought visibility to its faculty and students. She has supported the role of women and scholars of color by examining policy issues that disproportionately affect those groups. She was instrumental in leading the Global Feminisms Project, creating oral history documentation of the women's movement in the United States.

Cole's work in the classroom has resulted in the LSA Departmental Excellence Award in undergraduate education. She is described as an inspiring and caring colleague, and an encouraging, attentive and active mentor. Cole seeks opportunities to advance the professional careers of women and scholars of color. She supports the careers of students by including them in key roles in research, and inviting them to coauthor papers and participate on panels.

The Academic Women's Caucus selection committee presented the Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award to the CHEAR unit.

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Freed — the Percy J. Murphy, M.D., and Marcy C. Murphy, R.N., Professor of Pediatrics for Child Health Delivery — it is lauded for productive efforts in the diversification of faculty across ethnicities and ranks, and its work to provide clinical care at a range of shelters and other free venues, which serve diverse populations.

It also is lauded for using these facilities as educational venues to promote understanding of the unique health needs of diverse populations to medical students and residents during their community health rotations.

The Academic Women's Caucus was founded in 1975 by women working to overcome inequity issues in the workplace.

It aims to support academic women and presents the Sarah Goddard Power Award to distinguished faculty and senior administrative staff including instructors, lecturers, primary researchers, librarians and curators affiliated with the university. Awardees are nominated based on their contribution to the betterment of women through scholarship, leadership and service.

The award was established in memory of Sarah Goddard Power, a former regent who was a strong advocate for women within the university. The Rhetaugh Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award was established several years ago, and is named for Dumas, a former dean and professor at the School of Nursing.