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2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., University of Virginia Health System Award 

Nominations are due by 4 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017

2018 MLK Award Nomination Form
Please provide a letter of support explaining why the above nominee should be considered as the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., University of Virginia Health System Award,
highlighting the individual’s leadership in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness.

Please submit all nomination materials to:
Judy Pointer
Office for Diversity
PO Box 800230, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
Phone: 434-924-1867
Email: jjp5s@virginia.edu

About the Award
Established in 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.

Criteria

  • The nominee/recipient must be a current student, faculty, or staff member at the University of Virginia Health System (Medical Center, School of Medicine or School of Nursing).
  • The nominee/recipient must have demonstrated a deep commitment and distinct passion for diversity at the Health System.
  • The nominee/recipient must exemplify leadership in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness.

Selection Committee
The selection committee for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award will include the following voting members:

  • Marcus Martin, MD; Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
  • Greg Townsend, MD; Associate Dean for Diversity, School of Medicine
  • Susan Kools, Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion School of Nursing
  • Mildred Best, M.Div., MSS, BCC; Director, Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education, Health System
  • Judy Pointer, MEd; Program Manager, SOM Office for Diversity
  • Leah Beard, Manager, SOM Office for Diversity
  • Kimberley Barker, Emerging Technologies & Digital Initiatives Librarian

Nomination Process
Any student, faculty or staff member of the University of Virginia Health System is eligible for nomination, according to the above criteria. In addition to the nomination form, the committee requires a letter of support describing how the nominee has exemplified the award-related criteria.

Past Award Recipients
2013 – Pamela Ross, MD
2014 – Michael Moxley, MD
2015 – Dorrie Fontaine, PH.D, RN
2016 – Joel G. Anderson, PhD, HTP; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
2017- Fern Hauck, MD, MS and Charles Lewis


Planning an event?

Check out the 2017 Multicultural Calendar below to ensure you are being inclusive.
2017 Multicultural Calendar
2018 Multicultural calendar


The University of Virginia School of Medicine has received the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the 6th consecutive year. The HEED award is presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — the University of Virginia School of Medicine will be featured, along with 23 other recipients, in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


UVA has been recognized as a Diversity Champion

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that set the standard for thousands of other campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion. They develop successful strategies and programs, which then serve as models of excellence for other institutions. Diversity Champion schools exceed everyday expectations, often eclipsing their own goals.