UM-Dearborn's vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life will be honored this month for his community service

October 1, 2009


DEARBORN / Oct. 1, 2009---University of Michigan-Dearborn Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Life Stanley E. Henderson will receive the “Community Friendship Award” from the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan during its 22nd annual Unity Banquet on Oct. 4 in Dearborn.

Henderson will be honored for his work on campus, in particular his leadership in helping Muslim students integrate into the university’s community.

“Stan Henderson has taken a leadership role in ensuring that our campus is both diverse and welcoming to students from all backgrounds and religions,” said Daniel Little,  chancellor, UM-Dearborn. “We take great pride in providing a diverse campus community, bringing cultures, ideas and people together to create an exciting and engaging experience.”

Addressing racial and ethnic issues is one of five goals of UM-Dearborn’s Metropolitan Impact initiative. Through ongoing university programs such as “Difficult Dialogues” and “A Conversation on Race: Voices of a New Generation,” students are encouraged to participate in a safe and open environment for discussions and explorations that lead to greater understanding.

“I’m honored to be receiving this recognition and accept it on behalf of everyone on campus, especially our students.” Henderson said. “UM-Dearborn is a community of higher education, not just an institution.  This is a place that expects that all are welcome, that all will contribute and make a difference.  One of the joys of being here is how much we learn from the cultures and faiths of our students.”

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