Champions of Diversity and Inclusion Awards
In the last of the 2020 Spirit of Community award announcements, the Champions of Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize faculty, staff and students with an established and successful record in creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus. The goal of recognizing these leaders is to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the WSU community.
Faculty award recipient: Jennell White, Ph.D., Assistant Pharmacology Professor (Research), Wayne State University School of Medicine, Departments of Pharmacology/Pediatrics
Jennell White is being recognized for her leadership and tireless efforts in addressing the underrepresentation of minorities in research and for her work in reducing health care disparities. In an effort to support and encourage minorities in STEM careers, White developed the Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP) in 2014, in partnership with Wayne State University School of Medicine, the Southeast Regional Center Area Health Education Center, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and Detroit Public Schools (DPS). BCAP offers inner-city youth summer employment and an educational opportunity devoted exclusively to biomedical research, mentoring and training. The program is based on White’s understanding that an effective resolution to diversify individuals in STEM careers was to increase opportunities and improve science education early and ignite a passion for science. Dr. White is giving back to the community that educated her. She received her doctorate from the Department of Physiology’s Reproductive Sciences Program in 2011. Since 2014, she has mentored more than 200 DPS high school students and established strong partnerships to continue her efforts.