Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity

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  • Jeroan Allison, MD, MSci
  • Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD
  • Pranoti Mandrekar, PhD
  • Warren Ferguson, MD

Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity (est. 2011)

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity Award recognizes an individual or group exemplifying the UMMS Diversity Statement, which calls for individuals to work toward building an inclusive culture characterized by civility and respect; increasing numbers of underrepresented groups in student, faculty and staff positions; improving the cultural competence of the workforce through diversity education and programming; and advancing health equity by making a significant impact on reducing disparities through research, service and practice.

2016: Milagros Rosal, PhD, professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine
2015: Brian Lewis, PhD, associate professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology
2014: Jeroan Allison, MD, MSci, professor and vice chair of quantitative health sciences, professor of medicine and associate vice provost for health disparities research
2013: Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology and vice provost for school services
2012: Pranoti Mandrekar, PhD, associate professor of medicine
2011: Warren Ferguson, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health

About Chancellor's Diversity Award

The Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity is bestowed upon an individual or group exemplifying the UMMS' Diversity Statement

Diversity is inherent in University of Massachusetts Medical School’s mission to advance the health and well-being of the people of the Commonwealth and the world. As a leading academic health sciences center, we are preparing tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists to serve and relate to a multicultural society by:

  • Building an inclusive culture characterized by civility and respect 
  • Increasing numbers of underrepresented groups in student, faculty and staff positions 
  • Improving the cultural competence of our workforce through diversity education and programming 
  • Advancing health equity by making a significant impact on reducing disparities through research, service and practice 

Diversity at UMMS is fully embraced and fundamental to its institutional excellence.

The institutional awards are given at our annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration in January. 

Nomination Eligibility Criteria: 

  • All employees affiliated with UMMS for three or more years are eligible
  • Nominations require one or more of the following:
    • Demonstrated a significant commitment and contribution to enhancing diversity exceeding their job responsibilities at UMMS 
    • Successful outcomes in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students related to diversity
    • Created or established models of cultural diversity and inclusion to enhance the UMMS system
    • Created new and progressive best practices that support the diversity of the University
    • Supported, promoted and developed an inclusive environment for career development
    • Published scholarly work in the areas of multiculturalism, inclusion or diversity
    • Contributed to diversity efforts in building permanent structures and programs showing progress toward a sustained and continued effort University-wide
    • Exhibits visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities

 Nomination Form - 2017 Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity Award