Event features Omani Ambassador Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy

April 9, 2012

DEARBORN / March 29, 2012---The event will also feature keynote speaker Ambassador Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy, who broke ground in 2005 when she became the first Arab woman ambassador to serve in the United States representing the country of Oman. Ambassador Al-Mughairy is one of only 25 women who are representing their countries in Washington, D.C.


Professor Georgina Hickey is well known for her tireless advocacy for women in her research, teaching, and service. She has led several programs that specifically enhance the quality of life and learning for women students. Since 2009, she has been Faculty Director of the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program and currently serves as Chair of the Social Sciences Department. Professor Hickey provided leadership to the Women and Gender Studies program, served on the Agenda for Women, and the Civic Engagement Project. She has produced outstanding feminist research that helped her earn the Women and Gender Studies Outstanding Research Award in 2009.


Sister Mary Ellen Howard is being recognized for her efforts to improve access to quality healthcare for uninsured men, women, and children in the Detroit area, and for her strong voice in the community representing the needs of the uninsured.  For the past 16 years, Sister Mary Ellen has served as Executive Director of the St. Francis Cabrini Clinic of Most Holy Trinity Church. As Executive Director, she has led the charge to build a new clinic facility and expand clinic services. The Cabrini Clinic is the oldest free medical clinic in the nation and the largest free clinic in Michigan.


The awards will be presented at the annual Susan B. Anthony Awards Dinner, scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 12, from 5:00-8:30 p.m. in the Michigan Rooms at the Fairlane Center. The Susan B. Anthony Campus and Community Awards are presented each year to recognize individuals whose lives and deeds exemplify the dedication, fortitude, political agitation, and involvement of Susan B. Anthony on behalf of women.

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, masterís, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.



Beth Marmarelli