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).
Congratulations to the 2022 Black Faculty and Staff Awardees!
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.
Dr. Leslie Culver (Professor (Clinical) – S.J. Quinney College of Law)
Shavauna Munster (Academic Coordinator – Department of History)
Dr. Ariel Blair (Assistant Professor – Department of Management)
JaTara Smith (Academic Program Manager – Master of Public Administration Program)
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.
Montelleo Hobley (Associate Director, Student Support – Office of the Dean of Students)
Dr. Tiffany Baffour (Associate Professor & Director, MSW Program – College of Social Work)
Dr. Valerie Flattes (Assistant Professor – College of Nursing)
Jacquée Williams (Learning Abroad Coordinator – Office of Learning Abroad)
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.
Natalie Pinkney (Marketing & Admissions Coordinator – Operations and Information Systems)
Dr. Natalia Washington (Assistant Professor – Department of Philosophy)
Dr. Laurence Parker (Professor – Educational Leadership & Policy, Associate Dean – Honors College)
Asma Hassan (Utah Reads Program Manager – Bennion Center)
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.
France A. Davis II ( – Department of Psychiatry)
Liz Adeola (TV Host/Producer – PBS Utah)
Dr. Paula Smith (Associate Professor – Educational Leadership & Policy)
Katy Riney (Clinical Office Manager – University Counseling Center)
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.
Dr. Paul White (Associate Professor – Department of Psychology)
Syndi Haywood (Associate Director – Voice Systems and Business Administration, UIT)
Dr. William Smith (Professor – Ethnic Studies and Education, Culture & Society)
Nona Richardson (Executive Senior Associate, Director/OEO Title IX Liaison – Athletics)
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.
Maryan Shale (2021-2022 Vice President of Student Relations, Associated Students of the University of Utah)
Janice Darko (Founder, Black and Art Dental Student Association)