SoM accepting nominations for Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion has established the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion within the Duke University School of Medicine community. This award will be presented annually to one faculty and one staff member who exemplifies a commitment to excellence, innovation, and leadership in helping to create a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Michelle Winn, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology, passed away in July 2014.  She came to Duke in 1992 as an intern and undertook residencies in Psychiatry and Medicine before focusing her career on Nephrology and joining the faculty.  She was a wonderful clinician, a generous mentor and an esteemed physician-scientist who was respected and beloved by her colleagues and deeply committed to diversity and inclusion and to the careers of younger physicians and scientists who orbited around her. 

All School of Medicine faculty, staff, trainees, and health professions students are invited to nominate a faculty, staff, or student member in the School of Medicine. One staff member, one student, and one faculty member will be chosen for the award.  Letters should include specific examples of the individual’s exemplary achievements and contributions towards inclusive excellence by means of service, leadership, research or education. We welcome previously nominated candidates who were not the recipients of last year’s award.

To nominate someone for this award, please provide a letter clearly stating why this person should be honored. You may submit one or more nominations but separate nomination forms must be submitted for each individual. The nomination letter should contain the following information:

  • Nominator and Nominee Names
  • Nominator Relationship to Duke University School of Medicine
  • Nominator’s Mailing Address
  • Nominator’s Email Address
  • Nominee Department

The letter should also specifically address the nominee and evidence of one or more of the following

  • Improving awareness related to diversity, inclusion, bias, and/or healthcare disparities within SOM.
  • Track record mentoring underrepresented minorities/women.
  • Role modeling and/or community service.
  • Diversity and/or inclusion impact within Duke SOM.
  • Community engagement/focus on improving the care of a diverse patient population.
  • Initiation of innovative approaches to create diversity and/or foster inclusion.

Nominations must be received electronically at no later than February 26, 2017.