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Faculty member Marita Inglehart receives Hollenshead Inspire Award from CEW+3 min read

September 25, 2019

Faculty member Marita Inglehart receives Hollenshead Inspire Award from CEW+3 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 25, 2019 – School of Dentistry faculty member Marita Inglehart has been named a 2019 recipient of the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change presented by CEW+.

Four University of Michigan faculty members and one staff member received the award and will make presentations at the CEW+ Advocacy Symposium on Oct. 29.

marita inglehart
Marita Inglehart

Dr. Inglehart is a professor of dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

The $1,000 Hollenshead award honors the former CEW+ director’s 20-year tenure at the organization. Award recipients will each present a “lightning talk” about their work during the symposium, which is themed “Redefining Leadership.” Each recipient also will lead a 90-minute workshop during the 2019-20 academic year as a component of the CEW+Inspire Initiative, which focuses on wellness while creating social change. The intent of the workshops is to highlight the authentic journeys of social change leaders, spotlighting them as role models for others aspiring to work toward social change.

Inglehart’s teaching of dental and dental hygiene students focuses on educating patient-centered and culturally sensitive future dental-care providers who appreciate interprofessional collaborations. Her research focuses on the role of psycho-social factors in providing care and increasing access to care for underserved patient populations, such as patients from socio-economically disadvantaged, or racial or ethnic-minority backgrounds, patients with special healthcare needs or those from LGBTQ+ backgrounds. Inglehart’s CEW+ symposium presentation on Oct. 29 will focus on “Being a solo person in an organization – How to survive and create change.”

More information on the other recipients of this year’s Hollenshead Awards is available in this University Record story.

This is the third major campus award Inglehart has received this year. Earlier this month, U-M Regents named Inglehart as one of nine professors who have been named the inaugural recipients of University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorships. The professorships were created to recognize senior faculty who have shown a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, service and engagement. In May, Inglehart was one of six U-M faculty members who received the 2019 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award that is part of the annual Johnson Awards presentation.

The CEW+ Advocacy Symposium on Oct. 29 is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Michigan League. The event is free and open to all activists, advocates and allies from all U-M campuses, and includes students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the local community. Registration is required. More information in available on the CEW+ website.

CEW+, formerly known as the Center for the Education of Women, was founded at U-M in 1964 to support women returning to school. Today the organization has programming and a robust scholarship program that serves nontraditional students of all genders, providing financial support and recognition for students whose voices and experiences are unique in comparison to their peers.


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