2017 Winners

Trina R. Shanks, PhD - 2017 Faculty Awardee

Dr. Trina R. Shanks is an Associate Professor at the U-M School of Social Work and also serves as a Faculty Associate at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research. In her current research, funded by the Ford Foundation, Dr. Shanks is co-investigator for the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment Impact Assessment study, which has set up a quasi-experimental research design to test the impact of offering Head Start families college education plans for their children.

Dr. Shanks has been actively engaged over a ten-year period in six Detroit communities as part of the Good Neighborhoods program. She is also an evaluator of Detroit’s City Summer Youth Employment Program, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent. Dr. Shanks has served on the Michigan State Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, and is currently one of the national network co-leads for the Social Work Grand Challenge: Reversing Extreme Economic Inequality. A former Peace Corps volunteer and Rhodes scholar, Shanks earned a PhD in Social Work from Washington University, and a MS in Comparative Social Research from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

CEW is honored to recognize Dr. Trina Shanks for her stellar research and scholarship efforts on the intersection of race, education, poverty and health in families, particularly for the impact of the two studies that have greatly impacted the lives of numerous families in southeastern Michigan.


Katrina C. Wade-Golden, PhD - 2017 Staff Awardee

Dr. Katrina C. Wade-Golden is the Assistant Vice Provost and newly appointed Deputy Chief Diversity Officer. In this capacity, she serves as the director of planning and implementation for the University-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan. An accomplished researcher with 20+ years of project management experience, Dr. Wade-Golden leads several projects including the Michigan Student Study which served a pivotal role in buttressing the University’s legal rationale before the Supreme Court surrounding the educational benefits of a diverse student body. Prior to her position in the Provost Office, Dr. Wade-Golden was the Assistant Director and Senior Research Scientist in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

Dr. Wade-Golden is the co-author of Strategic Diversity Leadership (2007) and The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy Structure, and Change Management (2013), a 2-part primer for university leaders on the function of the chief diversity officer. Dr. Wade-Golden earned both a MS and Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Wayne State University, and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in human resources and organizational development.

CEW is thrilled to recognize Dr. Katrina C. Wade-Golden’s scholarship and strategic leadership on the U-M institutional DEI plan as well as her work at OAMI on the Michigan Study of the Undergraduate Student Experience with the 2017 Carol Hollenshead Staff Award.