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Carol Hollenshead Award 2013
The Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change was presented at CEW's annual Mullin-Welch lecture on March 19th. Awards were given to Professor Carol Fierke, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Carol Hutchins, Head Coach of the Women's Softball team. Awardees may be faculty, staff, or students whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
The Hollenshead Award was created to honor CEW's former director who has been a tireless advocate for access and equity. Under her leadership, CEW became an international model for campus-based women's centers. As chair of the President's Advisory Commission on Women's Issues, Hollenshead led the University to adopt many policies that continue to benefit members of the campus regardless of gender.
CEW thanks selection committee members: Rebecca McGowan, former Regent of the University; Chrissi Rawak, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development; Jessica Greenfield, Masters of Social Work student; and Edie Lewis, Emerita Professor of Social Work and one of the inaugural winners of the Carol Hollenshead Award.
Since 1999, Fierke has led the Chemistry department through a rigorous evaluation and transformation process. Through the STRIDE committee, she educates faculty about "Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence." She increased transparency in the tenure and promotion process, and launched an enhanced mentoring structure that will be extended to all STEM disciplines in LS&A and Engineering. The climate in Chemistry now fosters inclusion and success for all its members. With a more diverse, interdisciplinary, and vibrant assortment of faculty, U-M Chemistry has moved into the top 10 of U.S. chemistry departments.
Carol ("Hutch") Hutchins' commitment to gender equity in intercollegiate athletics began as a student-athlete at Michigan State University when she successfully sued MSU regents to demand equal rights for the women's sports programs. Throughout her 31 years coaching at U-M, she has fought to provide equal resources and experiences for her student-athletes. Her advocacy ensures that women have the scholarships, positive experiences, and educational opportunities to develop into incredible leaders. As the winningest coach in Michigan Athletics history, Hutch's leadership, spirit, and generosity have elevates the recognition of women in sports, within the Big 10 and beyond.