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UC Riverside School of Medicine Dean Receives 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award

Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities

By Iqbal Pittalwala

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H

RIVERSIDE, CA- Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Office for Clinical Affairs at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

The award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities.

Deas will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.

“It is a great honor to be selected for this special award,” Deas said. “This is really the result of collective effort – both here at UCR and at my former institution, the Medical University of South Carolina – to inspire and help more students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their dream of becoming a physician.”

Deas was recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for her leadership in institutional and national efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in medicine, including creating of new student pipeline programs in the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and participating in such national initiatives as the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Working Group.

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to give back to others,” said Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

Other recipients of the 2017 Giving Back Award include:

  • Sefa Aina, Pomona College
  • Philip S. Bailey, PhD, California Polytechnic State University
  • Andra Basu, PhD, MEd, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Venessa A. Brown, PhD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Marc Burnett, Tennessee Technological University
  • Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Kathryn B. Chval, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, EdS, Stetson University
  • Daryll Coleman, PhD, Lane College
  • Gail DePuy, PhD, University of Louisville
  • William E. Easterling, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Nitza Milagros Escalera, JD, EdM, Fordham University
  • Greer Glazer, RN, PhD, CNP, FAAN, University of Cincinnati
  • Natalie Gibson, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Craig Hillemeier, MD, Penn State Health
  • Lisa Kirtman, PhD, California State University, Fullerton
  • Paul L. Koch, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ming Li, EdD, Western Michigan University
  • Elizabeth G. Loboa, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Linda Logan, PhD, Olivet College
  • Patrice Gouveia Marks, PhD, Raritan Valley Community College
  • Shane P. Martin, PhD, Loyola Marymount University
  • Maureen A. O’Rourke, JD, Boston University
  • Rafael Ortega, MD, Boston University
  • Tonantzin Oseguera, EdD, California State University, Fullerton
  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, JD, DePaul University
  • Clyde Wilson Pickett, MEd, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Yasmin S. Purohit, PhD, Robert Morris University
  • Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, SUNY Geneseo
  • Paula T. Silver, PhD, Widener University
  • William Silver, PhD, Sonoma State University
  • Kelli Sinclair, Waubonsee Community College
  • Christina Swaidan, EdD, MEd, Westfield State University
  • Charles Taber, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • David E. Thomas, EdD, MEd, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Gregory Townsend, MD, University of Virginia
  • Roberta J. Wilburn, EdD, ThD, Whitworth University
  • Victor Wilson, MEd, University of Georgia

A call for nominations for the Giving Back Award was announced in October 2016. Award recipients include administrators of both community colleges and baccalaureate-granting institutions.

For more information about the 2017 Giving Back Award visit http://www.insightintodiversity.com/.

Former President Bill Clinton and Sectary Hillary Clinton Receive Plaque of Dr. Maya Angelou’s Poem

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n  February 16, at a special preview event for the new documentary “American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York, NY), Dr. Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson (right), Co-Founder and Principal of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC, presented Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and President Bill Clinton (center) with a plaque of Dr. Maya Angelou’s inauguration poem, “On The Pulse of Morning,” that flew on the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) December 5, 2014.

 

Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell Chats on Activism, Underground, Colorism in Hollywood

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Don’t let her enchanting smile and innocent beauty fool you, Jurnee Smollett-Bell isn’t just another pretty Hollywood face. As the star of WGN America’s hit series UNDERGROUND,the30-year-old actress represents for our enslaved ancestors who never stopped fighting for freedom and fairness.

EBONY goes one-on-one with the actress and activist to learn more about colorism in Hollywood,the second season of Underground and the importance of activism, especially now.  While many celebrities are just now finding their voice on social justice issues, Smollett-Bell was “woke” before it became a popular term. One of the topics she tackles is the reality of bias toward lighter skinned women in Hollywood and beyond.

“There are obstacles and challenges that my dark-skinned sisters face that I will never know,” Smollett-Bell acknowledges. “How they are perceived when they walk in a room of strangers is something I will never truly know. I would be ignorant to say colorism doesn’t exist, it’s gross and disgusting.” Speaking of standing for your sistas in the struggle, the 2017 women’s issue is devoted to uplifting Black women.

“It is no exaggeration when we talk about Black Girl Magic,” says EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles. “Black women truly hold our community together. It is an honor to be able to celebrate ‘us’ in this issue.”

Issue highlights include:

  • EBONY Beauty Innovation Awards—In our annual and acclaimed “it” list, EBONY highlights the latest game-changing products and tools you’ll want to try
  • A Silent War: The battle between Black women and fibroids
  • Women’s Work: Movers, shakers, waymakers—Call it the takeover by 20 brilliant enterprising women who are industry leaders and gamechangers, which include U.S. SenatorKamala Harris, newswoman Soledad O’Brien, White House Champion for Change awardee Kathryn FinneyESPN’s Jemele Hill.
  • ‘In Our Cities’: EBONY’s original new multimedia seriesheads west to the City of Angels for some California love—the cinematic shoot-outs of gang wars of the ’90s are a thing of the past. Today,Los Angelesis considered one of the safest cities in the United States and we give a nuanced and real view of the Black folks who make it great
  • Culinary Queens—These kitchen warriors are reclaiming the game for the sisters

Elsewhere in the issue we take a look at Jordan Peele’s latest film GET OUT, Jermaine Dupri welcomes EBONY to Atlanta and innovative Apple exec Bozoma Saint John provides tips on how to be a game changer at work. For more, pick up the March 2017 issue of EBONY, which is coming to a newsstand near you. And to get more Smollett-Bell, watch behind-the-scenes video on Ebony.com. Read and join the conversation on social media using #FantasticJurnee