We are excited to announce the following recepients of the 2013 Diversity Award & Civility Award that were announced and celebrated at the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The celebration took place at the new Albert Sherman Center and the Chancellor presented the awards to the receipients.
The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity was presented to Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology and vice provost for school services, for her tireless work to enhance the diversity of the campus and the health sciences workforce through support of initiatives such as the summer undergraduate research program and the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative. "You are widely known as a constant mentor, guide and advocate for students, faculty and staff from underrepresented backgrounds," said Chancellor Collins in presenting the award.
The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Civility was presented to Tom Hopkins and the Employee Assistance Program that he directs. Referring to Hopkins as an "outstanding professional, innovative problem solver and compassionate colleague," Chancellor Collins presented the award in recognition of the invaluable help that Hopkins and the EAP provide to members of the UMMS community in navigating life's worst crises as well as the day-to-day challenges that add stress and anxiety to busy lives.