First two recipients of President’s Diversity Award announced
l-r: Dr. Earnestine Willis, Dr. John Raymond and Mikel Holt
Oct. 14, 2011 College News - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics and Director of the College’s Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and Mikel Holt, Associate Publisher and co-founder of the Milwaukee Community Journal and President of Malik Communications, were chosen to be the first two recipients of the President’s Diversity Award. Holt and Dr. Willis will be honored at a special reception on Nov. 16. The reception runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s President’s Office, in partnership with the Diversity Advisory Committee, established the President’s Diversity Award to honor individuals or groups from MCW and the community at large who have contributed to making the College a more inclusive and diverse environment.
“The Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable community that understands and celebrates individual differences and fosters appreciation and respect for all individuals,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO. “This is essential to our mission, and we are thankful to everyone internally and throughout the broader community who helps to bring us closer to our goal.”
Dr. Willis received the award for her efforts and dedication to improve the health of under-served populations. Holt received the award for his efforts to help MCW connect with important community-based organizations, which has led to strong academic/community partnerships and the advancement of critical partnerships between MCW and underrepresented populations.
The Diversity Awards Selection Committee selects up to two award recipients each year – one in a Student/Resident/Faculty category and one in a Staff/Community Partner category. Recipients receive a $2,500 award and have their names inscribed on a plaque.
Other nominees for the award include:
• Piero Antuono, MD, Professor of Neurology
• Dawn Bragg, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
• Jeffrey Kelly, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Center for AIDS Intervention Research
• Michael Olivier, PhD, Professor of Physiology
• Paulette Pecard, Director of Business Services, MCW
• David Peterson, MBA, Administrator of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, MCW
• Andrew E. Petroll, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the Center for AIDS Intervention Research
“We were pleased to see such excellent nominations, and were awed and humbled by the various efforts made by these individuals towards diversity and inclusion at MCW,” said Judy E. Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Past Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee. “The letters of recommendation for these individuals made us proud to know that they are a part of the MCW family and are making a wonderful difference here and beyond. All of them should be congratulated. I would like to thank President John Raymond for initiating this award to recognize and further the efforts to make MCW more diverse and inclusive at every level. We hope to see more great nominations next year.”