2014 Winners

Kathleen Donohoe, Associate Director of Human Resources for Policy
Kathleen Donohoe’s commitment to service, justice and gender and social equity have spanned the length of her 24-year storied career with the United States Coast Guard and her 11 years with the University of Michigan. Appointed the first Director of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy Office in 1999, Ms. Donohoe has educated the U-M community on ways to prevent, recognize and respond to sexual harassment. She vigilantly investigated incidents reported by faculty, staff and students. She was one of the chief architects of the University's award-winning "Abuse Hurts: Recognize, Respond and Refer" program which delivers training on abuse recognition and prevention, and provides educational and sustaining support.

Since 2007, Donohoe has served as Associate Director of Policy in the office of University Human Resources. In this role she manages the creation, review and implementation of the University’s human resources’ policies and practices – making it her mission to create policies that service everyone and are effective, just and understandable. Donohoe exemplifies servant leadership in her role as a member of Safehouse Center's board of directors, whose mission it is to build communities free of domestic and sexual violence. Always the stalwart and supportive leader, she maintains the focus on survivors while strategically strengthening the institutional systems at the University and in the greater community to confront the impacts of violence against women.
 
 
Dorceta Taylor, Professor of Environmental Sociology at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Program in Environment
Dorceta Taylor founded and directs the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI), which promotes diversity in the environmental movement and in the leadership of environmental organizations. She started MELDI in 2002 to help those with no ties to traditional environmental networks gain access to them through admission into university environmental programs, as well as internships, jobs and board roles in environmental organizations.In addition to providing career resources, the MELDI website highlights outstanding achievements by minorities in the environmental field, and includes directories, maps and databases on food insecurity, as well as databases of environmental justice researchers worldwide.  
 
Dr. Taylor encourages students and faculty to be community activists by using their research to meaningfully address environmental issues. Her courses explore themes of social inequality, poverty, mobilization, and environment, emphasizing active, field-based engagement. Her research has helped diffuse stereotypes and legitimized claims of environmental racism and discrimination. Her research supports policies that enhance quality of life in minority and poor communities. One example is her work with Growing Hope, a successful Ypsilanti community garden initiative. Taylor structured her research grant so that low-income community residents are full partners rather than subjects to be studied. Community representatives participate on the advisory board and in research meetings and have great leeway in designing the community project.