Three groups receive the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Awards

Three University of Michigan groups will receive the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change at the CEW+ Advocacy Symposium on September 21.

This year’s award winners are:

  • ORBIT Labs: Online resources for building cross-cultural teams.
  • STAR Grantees (Fellowships, Transferable Skills, Academics and Research).
  • Community Advisory Board for Lupus Care and Research.

The award recognizes the 20-year tenure of Hollenshead, former Director of CEW+. The leaders of each group will deliver flash presentations at the event, followed by a live panel discussion focused on the symposium theme, Creating Change Through Introspection, Dialogue, and Action.

ORBIT Labs is led by Kelly Murdoch-Kitt, Associate Professor of Design at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Kelly Murdoch-Kitt

Over the past 12 years, Murdoch-Kitt’s research has demonstrated her commitment to diversity and inclusion by examining how to use visual thinking as a powerful tool to build bridges across different types of cultural differences, such as disciplinary, experiential, and geographic .

Her 2020 book, Intercultural Collaboration by Design: Drawing from Differences, Distances, and Disciplines through Visual Thinking, co-authored with Denielle Emans, provides a framework and more than 30 structured activities that use visual thinking as a way to foster Introduce Justice and Justice Admission.

The context of their research was Collaborative Online International Learning courses and they tested and refined these approaches with more than 350 students from more than 20 different countries. Her methods are applicable to various educational and organizational contexts and accessible to diverse audiences outside of art or design disciplines.

STAR is an evidence-based program that increases the participation of underrepresented students in research. Led by Cindy Lustig, Professor of Psychology at LSA, STAR offers workshops and small-group mentoring to freshmen, sophomores, and transition students from underrepresented, low-income, or first-generation college students to break down the barriers of the “hidden curriculum” and help them get involved in research.

Cindy Funny
Cindy Funny

It has dramatically increased the participation of underrepresented students in research in the psychology department and in the senior/honours thesis program. More than just a qualification program, STAR places a strong emphasis on peer mentoring and helps STAR grantees develop their confidence and sense of belonging to the scientific community.

While lupus is more common and severe in black adults than in white adults, black communities are underrepresented in both clinical research and educational resources for lupus.

Increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of participants in lupus research and prioritizing the needs and perspectives of marginalized communities in designing and conducting research are intertwined goals of the Community Advisory Board for Lupus Care and Research (Lupus CAB), sponsored by Chronic Pain was set up and Fatigue Research Center Health Equity Core.

Kourtney bangs
Kourtney bangs

Kourtney Pony, a medical and MBA student, is the student director of the Lupus CAB, which consists of a research faculty with expertise in health justice, medical scientists in rheumatology, black women with lupus, family members of lupus patients, and other representatives of black communities throughout Michigan.

The Lupus CAB also aims to identify opportunities for science-community partnerships that support lupus patients at critical times and to develop strategies to build community interest and engagement in research.

In addition to the presentations at the symposium, each group will lead a 90-minute workshop during the 2022-23 academic year as part of the CEW+Inspire initiative, which focuses on wellness while creating social change. The workshops highlight the authentic journeys of social change leaders and position them as role models for others who aspire to work toward social change.

The CEW+ Advocacy Symposium will take place on September 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is free and open to students, faculty and staff from all UM campuses who are activists, advocates and allies, and anyone interested in being an agent for positive social change. Registration is required.


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