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DARLENE RAY-JOHNSON

Ms. Darlene Ray-Johnson is the recipient of the University of Michigan's 2018 Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.  The award was established to recognize staff members who work to create a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus community.  The award, made possible by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources,  is presented annually in December.  Ms. Ray-Johnson currently serves as the Conflict Resolution Officer in the Rackham Graduate School.

CLEOPATRA HOWARD CALDWELL, Ph.D

Dr. Cleopatra Caldwell received  the 2018 Community Support Award from Peer Plus Education and Training Advocates at its 7th annual fundraiser on November 10, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Caldwell was selected to receive the award for her outstanding contributions to scholarship on African American communities through her research study of the influence of social relationships and social identities on the health and well being of African American adolescents.  Her  research partnership with Peer Plus focused on  the relationship between engaged fathers with their sons and improved mental health outcomes for both parent and child.   Dr. Caldwell is  a professor  of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health at he University of Michigan,  Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, and Co-Associate Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans.