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Honorees

2016, Embedding Diversity in the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Academy

Joseph A. Johnson III, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering, Professor of Physics
Florida A&M University

Julio Frenk, Ph.D.
President, University of Miami
Speech Transcript

2015, Opening a Discourse around Equity: What Role Should Institutions of Higher Education Play?

Meg Urry, Ph.D.
Israel Munson Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics

2014, Looking Toward the Future: Transforming the Landscape of Higher Education

Peter Salovey, Marta Moret
President and First Lady of Yale University

2013, Then and Now: Historicizing the Contemporary State of Diversity in Higher Education

Juliet Garcia
President, University of Texas at Brownsville

2012, Determining the Future of Diversity Discussions

Richard Blumenthal, '73 J.D.
United States Senator for Connecticut, Yale Law School, J.D., 1973

2011, The Future of the Academy: Maintaining and Strengthening Academic Diversity in the Midst of the Current Economic and Political Climate

John Ruffin, Ph.D.
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Sidney Altman, Ph.D.
Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Professor of Chemistry, Yale University

2010, Demystifying Diversity: Uncovering and Exploring the Benefits of a Truly Diverse and Inclusive Higher Education

Jon Butler, Ph.D.
Dean, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies

2009, Embracing Diversity: A Pathway to a Truly Inclusive Democracy and Global Society

Shirley A. Jackson, Ph.D.
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Theoretical Physicist, Chair, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

2008, Public Intellectuals and Scholar Activists:  Negotiating the Boundaries of Academia, Identity, and Civic Responsibility

Kurt Schmoke, '71 B.A., J.D.
Dean, Howard University School of Law

2007, Creating an Inclusive Community of Scholars: Identity, Choice, and Empowerment in the Academy

James P. Comer, M.D.
Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Associate Dean, Yale University School of Medicine

2006, Working Towards a New Vision for the 21st Century University: Promoting Diversity and Excellence in Research,Teaching and Learning Within the Academy

John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University

Marion Wright Edelman, '63 J.D.
Founder and President of “The Children's Defense Fund”

2005, “A View from the Disciplines: Diversity and Inclusion in Curricula, Pedagogy and Research within the Academy”

John Pepper, Jr., '60 B.A.
CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Yale University

2004, “Nurturing a Diverse Community of Scholars”

Curtis L. Patton, PhD.
Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Yale University

​Orlando Taylor , Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Communications, Howard University