SoM accepting nominations for Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion is accepting nominations for the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award, which was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion within the Duke University School of Medicine community.

This award is presented annually to students, faculty, and staff members who create a more diverse and inclusive environment through excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Michelle Winn, MD, Associate Professor of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine, 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 our faculty. She was a wonderful clinician, a generous mentor, and an esteemed physician-scientist. Dr. Winn 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 student, staff, trainee (i.e. intern/resident) or faculty member in the School of Medicine for this important award. One staff member and one faculty member will be chosen for the award and multiple trainees may receive the award. Nominations should include specific examples of the individual’s exemplary achievements and contributions towards inclusive excellence by means of service, leadership, research, or education.

To nominate someone for this award, please provide a letter clearly stating why this person should be honored. Each faculty or staff nominee will also require a brief statement of support for their nomination from their Department/Institute Chair or Division Chief (either is appropriate) at the time the nomination letter is submitted. Student and intern/resident nominations should include a letter of support from their Advisory Dean, Advisor, or Program Director with the nomination letter. 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 Name
  • Nominator Relationship to Duke University School of Medicine
  • Nominator’s Mailing Address
  • Nominator’s Email Address
  • For student/resident nominee: Letter of Support Writer’s Name (Advisor, Advisory Dean, Program Director)
  • For faculty/staff nominee: Letter of Support Writer’s Name (Department/Institute Chair or Division Chief)

The primary letter writer’s nomination should specifically address one or more of the following areas:

  • Evidence of awareness or providing education related to diversity, inclusion, bias, or healthcare disparities within the SOM
  • Evidence of a track record mentoring underrepresented minorities/women
  • Evidence of role modeling and/or community service
  • Evidence of leadership impact within Duke SOM
  • Evidence of community engagement/focus on improving the care of a diverse patient population
  • Evidence of innovative approaches to foster inclusion

Nominations must be received electronically at no later than Monday, February 25, 2019.