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Dean Gregory Receives U-M's Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award

By Lori Atherton
Oct. 16, 2012

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Christine Gregory, '96, is the recipient of the University of Michigan's Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. The award—which includes a $1,000 stipend to be used for professional development activities and/or training—recognizes individuals with a "commitment and dedication to a diverse working environment that is supportive and inclusive." She was presented the award during a ceremony at U-M's Palmer Commons Tuesday morning.Dean Gregory

"Many institutions claim a commitment to diversity and social justice, but Dean Gregory puts Michigan's commitment into practice," said 3L Kate Gilbert, who, along with Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Bridgette Carr, '02, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs David Baum, '89, nominated Dean Gregory.

Dean Gregory was appointed assistant dean for student affairs in October 2007. She leads diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Law School and, in 2011, transitioned MAP (Michigan Access Program), the Law School's longstanding diversity program, into a social justice leadership initiative for incoming first-year students.

In addition to diversity and inclusion efforts, Dean Gregory's other primary responsibilities include advising student organizations, overseeing academic support efforts, administering dual-degree and externship programming, and providing general academic counseling and advice to students.

"Through the Michigan Access Program, Dean Gregory creates a space within which law students are able to safely explore their own social identities and improve their intercultural competence," said 2L Andrew Dalack, a MAP participant. "Dean Gregory's leadership in promoting diversity plays an integral role in students' development, helping them become the most well-rounded and capable legal advocates possible."

Being named a Distinguished Diversity Leader, Dean Gregory said, is both "humbling and reaffirming." "The Law School and the University have been leaders on issues of diversity and inclusion," she said. "This sort of work is both important and necessary, and I give the University credit for offering this award. It shows there are a lot of people around campus who care about diversity."

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