2015-2016 recipient is Lisa Martin, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies (CASL) and Health Policy Studies (CASL and CEHHS)
Dr. Lisa Martin holds a joint appointment in the Colleges of Arts, Science and Letters and Education, Health, and Human Services. She has revitalized the curriculum of both Health Policy Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Lisa is a member of the SOAR Advisory Board and also serves on the Center for the Education of Women Scholarship Committee, both of which provide financial support to socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
Through her directorship of the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, Dr. Martin has been able to connect students to numerous campus and community opportunities that are transforming students’ career paths and lives and developing their skill as leaders for social change. As a result of these efforts, WILL students now lead the campus effort to end gender-based violence in organizing the successful “Take Back the Night” events, as well as their work on the current campus climate survey and “Abuse Hurts” campaign.
Under Lisa’s leadership, WILL has put together a mentoring program for at-risk girls at Vista Maria as a way to encourage these girls to see college as an option. Lisa has demonstrated leadership in the development of a series of site visits that connect students with local leaders such as the CEO of the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, the CEO of Walbridge Industries, and the President and CEO of HAVEN. These site visits give students the opportunity to learn from successful women leaders and strengthen our connections with community organizations. These connections have led to internships, mentorships, and employment for students.
As a result of these and other initiatives, Dr. Lisa Martin is positively impacting life at UM-Dearborn, improving our community, and changing lives of our students.
The award will be presented at the annual Susan B. Anthony Awards Dinner scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Park Place in Dearborn. The keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. The event includes appetizers, dinner, and a silent auction that benefits the Commission's Supplemental Professional Development Fund.
Reservations must be returned by Thursday, March 31 to Judy Walker (2157 UC). Seating is limited, so it is recommended to reserve early.