Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award

Purpose

The Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award was created by an initial gift made to the University of Pittsburgh by Drs. Maryann F. Coffey and Joseph I. Coffey. It has been re-instituted through the efforts of the Senate Anti-Discrimination Policies Committee and the Office of the Chancellor, in cooperation with the Coffeys and with supplemental funding being provided by the Chancellor’s Office.

The award will be presented “to the outstanding University of Pittsburgh program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in Affirmative Action.” For purposes of this award, affirmative action has been defined as the “increase of access to and full participation in all aspects of University functions by minorities and women and those who have been declared members of protected classes by executive orders, legislation or court decisions.” Among the factors to be considered in the selection process are:

  • Innovative approaches to increasing diversity within the University community in areas such as recruitment, retention, promotion, academic, and other programming and business activities or enterprises, and;

  • A consistent record of commitment and success in affirmative action efforts, diversity programs and related initiatives within the University community. Greater consideration will be given to those nominations that include multiple years of documented advancements for the reviewing committee to consider.

The amount of the award will be $2,500. In the case of an award to a program area, that amount will be a budget augmentation. In the case of an award to an individual, that amount will be made available for the awardee’s private use. Program areas will receive a strong preference over individuals in the selection process. Individuals or programs that were previously nominated (but not selected as the award recipient) may be nominated again.

The request for nominations is generally announced in March of each year.

2014 Award Winner

We are pleased to announce the 2014 awardees of the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award. On June 11, 2014 Chancellor Mark Norden berg announced to the University Senate and presented awards to two University programs: The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program (CEED). The Affirmative Action Award is presented annually to an outstanding University program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in the increase of access to and full participation in all aspects of University functions by minorities, women, others who have been declared members of protected classes by executive orders, legislation or court decisions and any other under-represented individuals or groups.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation award was accepted by Amy Howtrow and Michael Boninger. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was commended by the Chancellor on their efforts to improve issues of mobility for patients in order to lead full lives. The department was also recognized for creating an atmosphere where everyone is treated equally and respectfully which demonstrates their commitment for inclusiveness.

The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program (CEED) award was accepted by Quinten Brown and Kaleab Abebe. CEED was commended by the Chancellor for their efforts to reach members of underrepresented groups who wish to pursue careers in teaching and research. The program was recognized as well for their efforts to develop strategies for retaining those individuals within these career paths.

Congratulations to both the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) for being the 2014 Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award recipients!