Dr. Damon Williams honored with U-M Bicentennial Alumni Award
Dr. Williams, a graduate of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, is senior vice president at the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA), where he leads the program strategy impacting 4 million diverse youth in the areas of academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles, for the world’s largest youth development organization. He is the author of Strategic Diversity Leadership and co-author of The Chief Diversity Officer. His research has garnered awards and endorsements from the presidents of NADOHE, AACU, CIC, AERA, NASPA, ACE, and the NCAA, impacting the diversity strategy of thousands of post-secondary institutions globally. Prior to joining BGCA, he founded the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement and was the inaugural chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also served on the faculty.
The U-M Bicentennial Alumni Awards—established exclusively for the 200th year of the university—highlight the breadth and excellence of recent alumni, and reflect a desire to acknowledge the institution’s past contributions while heralding its future achievements and impact. The awards will be presented at both Spring and Winter Commencement in 2017. Ten awards will be bestowed on each occasion, honoring a total of 20 for the 200th. Awardees are alumni whose achievements carry on Michigan’s traditions of intellectual creativity and academic endeavor, of civic engagement, and of national and international service.