Michigan Ross Announces DEI Research and Teaching Award Winners
November 9, 2021
By Bob Needham
The Ross School of Business recognized the winners of the school’s inaugural DEI Research and Teaching Awards at a special ceremony.
The new awards celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion conducted at Michigan Ross, at every stage of the academic journey — from undergraduate to faculty.
“A major goal in the Ross DEI strategic plan is to promote excellence in DEI scholarship and education,” Michigan Ross Associate Dean for DEI Carolyn Yoon said.
The faculty DEI Committee chose the winners, and each recipient spoke briefly about their research as part of the awards ceremony.
The event also recognized the first recipient of the annual J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award, honoring a member of the teaching faculty who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion and makes a significant positive impact on the learning and personal growth of Ross students.
In her opening remarks at the ceremony, Interim Dean Francine Lafontaine noted that teaching and learning are a major focus of the school’s ongoing DEI efforts. “We are here to congratulate these awardees on their contributions, and more importantly, to hear from each of them as to how they’ve been doing this work and why and what it represents,” Lafontaine said.
“The research awards provide an incentive for faculty and students to invest in research that advances knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion. They also serve to communicate to the broader community that the research is highly valued.”
Ross Director of Diversity and Inclusion Thomas Bell added, “Our awardees are laying foundations for the future of our work, and are clear examples of Ross’ commitment to contributing to the knowledge and development in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.”
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