CEHHS Kelsey Griffin awarded Chancellor's Medallion

December 18, 2017

UM-Dearborn recognized Kelsey Griffin as CEHHS Chancellor's Medallion Award recipient during the university's commencement ceremony on December 16.

Kelsey Griffin, Chancellor's Medallion recipient
Kelsey Griffin, Chancellor's Medallion recipient
Kelsey Griffin (center), CEHHS Chancellor's Medallion Award recipient

DEARBORN, MI. - During the UM-Dearborn's commencement ceremony on December 16, 2017 five students were awarded Chancellor's Medallion in recognition of their academic achievements, character, intellect and integrity.

Kelsey Griffin was the recipient for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. She is a dual-degree student in health policy studies and women’s and gender studies, with a specialization in health behavior and health education. In addition, she is graduating from the UM-Dearborn Honors Program. She has been on the Dean’s List for five terms, and her academic honors include being named the Health Policy Studies Honors Scholar and a James B. Angell Scholar in 2017. She is a recipient of the Maize & Blue Scholarship and the Michigan Competitive Scholarship.

Griffin is the founder and former president of UM-Dearborn’s Food Recovery Network chapter, which she established in an effort to reduce campus food waste and feed community members in need. To date, the chapter has recovered and donated over 1,400 pounds of excess food. As of winter 2017, all food recovered has been donated to the UM-Dearborn Student Food Pantry, where it directly benefits members of our campus community.

She also has served as the volunteer coordinator for the Pre-Professional Health Society. In 2016, she co-founded the Society for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, where she served as vice president and was later elected president. Over the past year, Griffin has been an active member of UM-Dearborn’s Women in Learning and Leadership program. As a result of her involvement as a student leader, she was awarded the Emerging Leader Certificate, the Service Learning Certificate and the Leadership Synergy Award from the Office of Student Engagement.

Kelsey Griffin, sumer Ghazala and Bryce Michelle Weick

CEHHS Chancellor's Medallion recipient Kelsey Griffin, CASL Chancellor's Medallion recipient Sumer Ghazala and CASL Chancellor's Medallion recipient and student speaker Bryce Michelle Weick.

In 2015, Griffin traveled to Haiti with the George Stines Foundation, where she assisted clinicians in dental care and provided instruction on dental hygiene to rural communities. She was the first UM-Dearborn student to be accepted into the University of Michigan Detroit Community Based Research Program, where she interned with FoodLab Detroit as a community-based research assistant. She has worked with Assistant Professor Carmel Price as an undergraduate research assistant to explore how food pantry and community garden models intersect to address food insecurity.

"I remember distinctly the first time I met Kelsey.", said Dr. Price. "I was in my very first semester on faculty at the University, Kelsey knocked on my office door and proceeded to introduce herself and ask me a lot of questions about my research and the classes I taught. She was eager to connect with me because of my research on food insecurity. She left my office that day with multiple books from my personal collection and pages of notes from our conversation. I think this story speaks volumes about Kelsey's drive, passion, and intellectual curiosity."

Griffin was named a 2015 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker. Nominated by faculty and staff, Difference Maker recipients are recognized for academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contribution in and out of the classroom.

After graduation, Griffin plans to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management; she hopes to focus on health equity and environmental justice by working with community-based programs and influencing public policy.

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