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Week of October 24, 2011

Inaugural Hollenshead award to be presented at Mullin Welch Lecture

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) has announced that Edith Lewis and Catherine Lilly are the 2011 recipients of the Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change.

The award honors Hollenshead’s 20-year career as director of CEW and her tireless advocacy for greater institutional and social equity until her retirement in 2008. The award recognizes a U-M faculty member, staff member or student whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in the university community or beyond.

Hollenshead. Photo courtesy Carol Hollenshead.

The Carol Hollenshead Awards for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in conjunction with the annual CEW Mullin Welch Lecture, this year delivered by author Sara Paretsky. The lecture, at Kahn Auditorium, BSRB, 109 Zina Pitcher Place, is free but registration is requested. To attend, register at

Edith (Edie) Lewis, associate professor of social work, School of Social Work, and associate professor of women’s studies, Women’s Studies Department, LSA, has centered her research and teaching on social justice concerns since arriving at U-M in 1985. Her primary research interests include methods used by women of color to offset personal, familial, community and professional role strain. Lewis also works extensively in Ghana on women’s successful economic development strategies.

Lewis’ strategies for approaching advocacy and problem solving for oppressed groups have become part of the required training for MSW students. Outside of the classroom, she actively has fostered a sense of community for generations of women of color faculty, staff and students campuswide, through her personal support, mentorship and her role in establishing the Women of Color in the Academy Project.

Catherine Lilly is the senior adviser to Tim Slottow, the U-M executive vice president and chief financial officer. She has devoted her career to promoting diversity and inclusion and to developing leadership and organizational effectiveness among university employees. Among Lilly’s accomplishments are directing the Business and Finance Leadership Academy, leading U-M Diversity Community Conferences in 2009 and 2010, leading the Business and Finance Diversity Committee, and helping to launch the Business and Finance Diversity Passport. She currently is charged with implementing the Business and Finance Diversity Plan. In addition, she is an active member of a U-M labor-management partnership that strives to reduce conflict and grievances by addressing issues proactively.

Lilly also was instrumental in the creation of the New Millennium Leaders Series (now the CEW Advanced Leadership Program) and VOICES of the Staff. Trained as a social worker, Lilly has a long record as an organizational development consultant within and beyond the university.

CEW Mullin Welch Lecture, with author Sara Paretsky

• When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

• Where: Kahn Auditorium, BSRB, 109 Zina Pitcher Place

• More: To attend, register at



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