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Giving Back Award

Dr. Gregory Townsend received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. Dr. Gregory Townsend will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.Photo Jun 14 10 20 07 AM

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Dr. Gregory Townsend due to his ongoing engagement within his community as well as his advocacy in the School of Medicine. Dr. Townsend encourages a broad sense of inclusion and also embraces the breadth of diversity within the education realm. Dr. Townsend has been a role model of inclusivity and has advanced the vital mission of creating a more diverse environment at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Townsend has been outspoken in increasing all forms of diversity that includes disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, race/ethnicity, nationality, and other social dimensions that are important for the School and academic medicine. Dr. Townsend exemplifies the qualities of a great community leader as he promotes a vibrant energy for change in all areas of both his personal and professional life.

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to ‘give back’ to others,” says Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

A call for nominations for the Giving Back Award was announced in October 2016. Award recipients include administrators of both community colleges and baccalaureate-granting institutions. For more information about the 2017 Giving Back Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.


Planning an event? Check out the 2017 Multicultural Calendar below to ensure you are being inclusive.

2017 Multicultural Calendar

MLK-award_02092017Dr. Fern Hauck and Charles Lewis
were both awarded the
2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
University of Virginia Health System 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.

Check out NBC’s coverage of the event here.

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


CHS WINNERS 1In addition to the Health System Award presentation, UVA School of Medicine hosted a Poster Symposium at Charlottesville High School.
75 Biology II students researched a health topic at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Throughout the school year, the students worked to create posters to present at the symposium. The symposium was held on Friday, January 13th at Charlottesville High School. There were 18  posters displayed and you can check out NBC’s coverage of the event here.