Scenes from the President’s Diversity Reception

Nov. 20, 2013 College News - The President’s Diversity Reception, planned in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs/Diversity and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity was held Nov. 12. This annual event brings the MCW community together to recognize the diversity among our faculty, staff, medical students, graduate students and residents.

In addition, the nominees and winners of the President’s Diversity Award were honored at this reception. The President’s Office, in partnership with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, established the President’s Diversity Award to honor individuals from MCW and the community at large who have contributed to making the College a more inclusive and diverse environment. This year, nominees were current MCW faculty and community members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity and Inclusion at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The winner of the award in the Faculty category was J. Frank Wilson, MD, Bernard & Miriam Peck Family Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology. The winners in the Community Member category were Paula Penebaker, President and CEO of the YWCA, and Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director at the YWCA. The awardees were presented with an awards plaque and a $2500 cash prize. Dr. Wilson donated his cash prize to the Office of Student Affairs and Diversity to provide a scholarship for URM students.

Nominees for the President’s Award in the Faculty category were:

  • Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, Dr PH, FAAFP
    Senior Associate Dean of Community Engagement
    Professor of Family and Community Medicine
    Director of Community Engagement, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, CTSI
  • Mary Lou Sabino, MD
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
  • Dr. Wilson

Nominees for the President’s Diversity Award in Community Member category were:

  • Paula Penebaker
  • Martha Barry


(l-r) Dr. Raymond, Martha Barry, Dr. Bragg, and Paula Penebaker

(l-r) John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO, Dr. Wilson, and Dawn Bragg, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity






















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