Chancellor Daniel Little is one of three recipients to be honored by New Detroit, Inc. as part of the 12th annual “Closing the Gap” dinner and awards ceremony

June 15, 2010


DEARBORN / June 15, 2010---Daniel Little, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, is one of three recipients to be honored by New Detroit, Inc. tonight as part of the 12th annual “Closing the Gap” dinner and awards ceremony at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

The other honorees are the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, which will receive the community organization award, and Lewis & Munday, PC, which will receive the corporate award.

“The ‘Closing the Gap’ awards dinner is held annually to recognize individuals and organizations who have a proven track record of accomplishment in helping to improve race relations in our region,” Shirley R. Stancato, president and CEO of New Detroit, said in an announcement last week.  “We are particularly proud of our lineup of honorees for this year’s dinner.  Each, in their own way, has set an example of what true commitment to change can achieve.”

Little was recognized for his role in developing a Metropolitan Vision for UM-Dearborn that meets the campus’s academic, economic, environmental and cultural needs.
In his first 10 years as chancellor, Little has worked to address the exodus of young people from Michigan by developing programs to encourage student involvement in their communities.  In particular, Little provided leadership in developing a new Center for Civic Engagement at UM-Dearborn.  He also established an ongoing campus collaboration with New Detroit called “A Conversation on Race,” a forum that has brought the campus community together for open and honest discussions of the issues of race and ethnicity in society.

In addition, the university’s enrollment has increased under Little’s leadership, with first-time-in-college enrollment growing more than 30 percent since 2004, and transfer enrollment growing 14 percent in the same period, as well as enrollment among African-American freshmen increasing by 108 percent and Latino enrollment by 44 percent.  

New Detroit is a coalition of leaders from civil rights and advocacy organizations, human services, health and community organizations, business, labor, foundations, education, media, and the clergy. It is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization.


About University of Michigan-Dearborn
Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future. 


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