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Nomination Guidelines (2014)


The annual SPH Diversity Award was established in 2004 to recognize faculty and staff members who have made an exceptional contribution to a climate of diversity in the UM SPH.


Any faculty member or staff member is eligible to be nominated. The Diversity Award for 2014 will be given to a staff member. Award recipients cannot be nominated again. A list of past recipients is provided below.

Criteria for Award

The Diversity Award will be made to recognize outstanding contributions to a climate of diversity in the School of Public Health.

Nomination Process

The Excellence in Diversity Awards is awarded annually. The nomination for the award can be initiated by a faculty or staff member or a student. It should be supported by documentation not to exceed three pages. The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 14, 2014. The supporting documentation should include:

  • A brief description of the efforts towards promoting diversity around the school.
  • The significance or value of the endeavors for the mission of the school.
  • The role and involvement of and/or impact upon students in the described efforts or activities.

The Nomination and supporting documentation should be forwarded to Nancy Janz, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by March 14, 2014. You can email the nomination and documentation to nkjanz@umich.edu or send it to campus mailing address:
Nancy Janz, SPH Office of Academic Affairs, 1734 SPH I, Ann Arbor MI 48109-2029


The selection of the recipient of the Diversity Award will be made by the SPH Diversity Committee. The award recipient will be recognized at SPH Graduation and will receive $1000.

Award Winners

Lynda Fuerstnau accepting her award from Dean Martin Philbert2014 - Lynda Fuerstnau, Administrative Assistant in Health Behavior & Health Education. The award was presented at graduation by Dean Martin Philbert.

Amy Shulz accepts the diversity award from Judy Compton2013 - Amy Schulz, Health Behavior & Health Education. The award was presented at graduation by Judy Compton of the Office for Public Health Practice.

20122012: Dana Thomas, program manager in the Office of Public Health Practice; award presented by Associate Dean Phyllis Meadows.

2011: Toby Citrin, adjunct professor of health management and policy and director of the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics.

2010 diversity award ceremony 2010: Barbara Israel, Health Behavior and Health Education, who works in community-based participatory research, empowerment, and social determinants of health. The award was presented at graduation by Rachel Julie Garcia, '10 (at left)

Richard Lichtenstein and Harold
2007 (dual awardees):
Richard Lichtenstein,
Health Management & Policy; director of the Summer Enrichment Program and co-PI of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (at left)

2007 (dual awardees):
Harold "Woody" Neighbors, Health Behavior and Health Education; director of Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health and director of the Program for Research on Black Americans (at right)

Eugene Feingold2004: Former UM SPH faculty member Eugene Feingold (awarded posthumously)