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Black Faculty + Staff Awards


In collaboration with the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Black Cultural Center honors Black faculty and staff for their work on campus and in the community with the Black Faculty and Staff Awards each Black History Month (February).

The nomination process for 2022 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated examples of excellence for the Black Faculty and Staff Awards. Selected awardees will be announced in 2022.

Marcus Garvey Black Star Excellence Award


The Marcus Garvey Black Star Excellence Award is for new University of Utah faculty and staff who have stepped up to the plate and helped build and broadcast the University of Utah in a positive light.

2021

Dr. Ariel Blair (Assistant Professor – Department of Management)
JaTara Smith (Academic Program Manager – Master of Public Administration Program)

2020

Dr. Charles R. Rogers (Assistant Professor – Family & Preventive Medicine)
Cha McNeil (Resident Director – Social Justice Advocates)

Madam C.J. Walker Resource Award


The Madam C.J. Walker Resource Award is for individuals who have strengthened community-engaged learning experiences and opportunities tied to civic engagement and fostered stronger partnerships between the local community and the University of Utah.

2021

Dr. Valerie Flattes (Assistant Professor – College of Nursing)
Jacquée Williams (Learning Abroad Coordinator – Office of Learning Abroad)

2020

Dr. Tino Shawish Nyawelo (Associate Professor (Lecturer) – Physics and Astronomy)
Jeilani Athman (Student Success Advocate – Student Success & Empowerment)

Malcolm X Award of Social Justice


The Malcolm X Award of Social Justice is for individuals who have fought for justice in terms of the distribution of equal access, opportunities, and privileges within our campus and the greater community and whose body of academic work (e.g., articles, books, creative works) and life promote or exemplify the area of social justice in modern life.

2021

Dr. Laurence Parker (Professor – Educational Leadership & Policy, Associate Dean – Honors College)
Asma Hassan (Utah Reads Program Manager – Bennion Center)

2020

Dr. Crystal Rudds (Assistant Professor – English)
Tramaine Jones (Student Success Advocate – Student Success & Empowerment)

Maya Angelou Award of Innovation


The Maya Angelou Award of innovation is for individuals who have used creativity to develop or improve processes, methods, systems, products, or services and encourage others to do the same. This award is given to those who make innovation a priority among team/faculty members, encourage reasonable and calculated risk-taking, and improve work and personal life at the University of Utah.

2021

Dr. Paula Smith (Associate Professor – Educational Leadership & Policy)
Katy Riney (Clinical Office Manager – University Counseling Center)

2020

Dr. Erika George (Professor – S.J. Quinney College of Law/Director – Tanner Humanities Center)
Sheila Sconiers (Training & Development Specialist – Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action)

James McCune Smith Award of Veneration


The James McCune Award of Veneration is for individuals who are awe-inspiring examples of dignity, wisdom, dedication, and excellence at the University of Utah.

2021

Dr. William Smith (Professor – Ethnic Studies and Education, Culture & Society)
Nona Richardson (Executive Senior Associate, Director/OEO Title IX Liaison – Athletics)

2020

Dr. Steven Bell (Associate Professor (Lecturer) – Occupational/Recreational Therapy)
Portia Anderson (Director – College of Architect & Planning – Dean)

Minijean Brown Award of Virtue


The Minijean Brown Award of Virtue is for undergraduate and graduate student-workers at the University of Utah who have balanced school work, life transitions, and/or job responsibilities all while building community and broadcasting the university in a positive light.

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