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Pioneers in Diversity Awards

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites nominations for the 2018 “Pioneers in Diversity” Awards

Deadline for Applications: February 21, 2018


Each recipient will receive a $1,000 prize and a plaque in honor of their contributions to diversity. Nominations should include the following:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae highlighting his/her contributions
  • Nominee’s description of up to one page of how the nominee fulfills the selection criteria for this award

Instructions on how to apply:

  • Documents should be emailed in PDF format with subject heading “Nominees for Pioneers in Diversity Award” to Fatima Doumbia,
  • Please state each one of the four awards you are applying for in the subject heading of the PDF
  • Please provide the following items in the order listed as a single PDF file (single spaced, 12- point font, Arial with 1-inch margins)
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) /resume
    • Nomination (1 page document)
  • All PDF applications submitted should have the following document heading for the award you are applying for:“LastName.FirstInitial_PID_Award Name”
    • Examples:
    • Jones.F_PID_Ida Sophia Scudder.pdf
    • Jones.F_PID_Louis Wade Sullivan.pdf
    • Jones.F_PID_Bruce Laine Ballard.pdf
    • Jones.F_PID_Administrative Staff.pdf

 Self-nominations are welcome. Presentations of the award to recipients will be made at the

2018 Diversity Week Celebration Awards Ceremony on the evening of April 23rd, 2018.

Four “Pioneers in Diversity” Awards will be granted:

  • The Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Service awarded to a student.
  • The Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship awarded to a faculty member.
  • The Louis Wade Sullivan M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy awarded to a resident or postdoctoral fellow. 
  • Administrative Staff Award for a staff member who embodies the spirit of cultural diversity and service.

For more information, please visit our Grants and Fellowship Opportunities webpage: 

2017 “Pioneers in Diversity” Award Winners

2017 Pioneers in Diversity Award Winners (left to right):

Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, Sahira Torres MS, Omarr Savage BS, RN (accepted the award on behalf of his wife, Dr. Shani Scott), Dario Villamar, and Dr. Olaf Andersen (accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Ruth Gotian)

On May 17th, 2017, Dean Augustine M.K. Choi joined our celebration for diversity and commended the immense efforts of those who foster and aid in cultivating our diverse community. In addition, Dr. Linnie Golightly, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion announced and honored this year’s Pioneers in Diversity Award and the Laurie Gilmcher Award recipients:

  • Dario Villamar, a fourth-year medical student received the Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Service. The award recognizes an MD, PhD, MD-PhD, or PA student who has made significant contributions in the field of community service and providing care to the underserved.
  • Dr. Shani Scott, a resident physician in the Department of Medicine received the Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy. The award honors a resident or postdoctoral fellow who has been an outspoken champion for health promotion and a publichealth advocate, especially for medically underserved populations.
  • Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, Senior Advisor for Medical Education, received the Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship. The award is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to improving student life and to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment where students are able to thrive and succeed.

  • Dr. Ruth Gotian, Administrative Director of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program and Sahira Torres, Community Service Coordinator and Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Student Diversity and Student Life, were each recipients of the Administrative Staff Award. The award recognizes staff members who embody the spirit of cultural diversity and service. This award honors staff members who have gone beyond the call of duty to make sure the environment is inclusive, engaging and welcoming, and whose efforts may often go unnoticed.

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