The Commission for Women awards Dr. Martha Adler the Susan B. Anthony’s Campus Award

April 23, 2018

The Commission for Women awarded Dr. Martha Adler, associate professor of reading and language arts in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, the Susan B. Anthony’s Campus Award on April 3, 2018.

Dr. Adler has been a dedicated professor, mentor, advocate, dissenter, and innovator at UM-Dearborn.  She has served as a role model for both professional women and students.  Her contributions, too numerous to list, have contributed to the betterment of women and have enhanced the status of women who teach, women who lead, and women who care.

As a mentor, Dr. Adler coaches students to be lifelong learners by providing an oasis of can-do encouragement. Her mission has been to transform students into leaders by modeling the qualities that make a good leader: vision, creativity, and determination. As an educational leader she sees student completion as a central part of her responsibilities and provides appropriate support to those who need help.

The unifying theme of Susan Brownell Anthony’s life was to speak up for those without a voice. Dr. Adler’s commitment to empower women is evident in her unwillingness to allow her voice or the voice of other female leaders to be silenced, especially those learning English as a second language.  She believes in equity and exemplifies it in her campus goals focused on developing ESL programs for international students and instructional programs to support teachers with English Language Learners in the classroom.

During her acceptance speech, Dr. Adler stated, “On our annual family visits to my grandparents’ gravesite in Newark, New Jersey, I saw their determination to never give up and to do what you can to make life better for the next generation, through the words etched on their tombstone—‘Be Ye Doers.’ It strikes me that by telling me the stories of my grandmother, my father was teaching me what it meant to be a doer.  I learned that it meant standing up for what is right, finding ways to empower those who are oppressed or underserved in any way possible within your capabilities, and reaching as far as you can to allow yourself to do what is right. . . . Yet, the work is not done. My family has reaped the benefits of those who have done what is right. But, sadly these opportunities are not realized by everyone in our society. The social injustices of the 21st century impact too many and the work is not yet done.  We all need to be doers—to do what is right in any way that we can.”

Over the last 16 years, Dr. Adler has changed so many women’s lives for the better due to her leadership and mentorship.

Additional details of the Susan B. Anthony awards dinner event are available through UM-Dearborn’s News.

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