CEW Inaugurates Carol Hollenshead Award

On October 27, 2011, CEW presented the first Carol Hollenshead Awards for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change to Professor Edith (Edie) Lewis of the U-M School of Social Work and Department of Women’s Studies and to Catherine Lilly, Senior Advisor to Tim Slottow, the U-M Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The award recognizes a U-M faculty member, staff member or student whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in the University community or beyond. CEW created the Hollenshead Award to honor Carol’s twenty-year service as director of the Center and chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues (PACWI), her previous service to the University and to women, and her broad commitments to access and equity. As CEW director, Hollenshead broadened the Center’s role and impact, increasing its influence as a locus for advocacy and policy change, leadership development and research while sustaining core services. As chair of PACWI, Hollenshead initiated many policies of importance to women and men on campus.

Professor Edie Lewis


Professor Edie Lewis has made social justice concerns the center of her scholarship and activism throughout her career. Her work explores the intersections of gender and ethnicity in the lives of women of color, the outcomes of empowerment interventions for women and the development of interventions to systematically address societal inequities. In Ghana, Lewis works on women’s successful economic development strategies. Lewis’s approaches to advocacy and problem solving for oppressed groups have become part of the MSW curriculum, as have the dialogue group strategies and skills she pioneered. Outside of the classroom, Lewis has actively fostered a sense of community for generations of women of color faculty, staff and students across the University and was a founder of the Women of Color in the Academy Project.

Catherine Lilly

Catherine Lilly has devoted her career to promoting diversity and inclusion and to developing leadership and organizational effectiveness among University employees. A collaborator and coalition builder, Lilly’s accomplishments include directing the Business and Finance Leadership Academy, organizing and leading U-M Diversity Community Conferences and helping to launch the Business and Finance–U-M Diversity Passport. She has also worked to promote labor-management partnerships to reduce conflict by addressing issues proactively.