Joan Gregory received the 2017 Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award. The award sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion recognizes leadership in inclusive excellence from a University of Utah Health Sciences Faculty member.
There were many deserving nominees who are working hard to create an environment of health equity and inclusion, but it was no surprise to us that she was honored with this award. Joan is a mentor and example to all she comes in contact with and inspires others to contribute their voices to the University of Utah’s diversity and inclusion efforts and goals.
Our Nomination Letter for Joan:
Joan is a campus and community champion for inclusive excellence, whose leadership and vision are centered in achieving equity. Serving as EHSL’s liaison to Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, she spearheads community events and exhibits bringing awareness to diversity and inclusion, including:
- Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah
- Safe Space/Bold Space
- Art Aloud
- Community Reads
Adhering to the Medical Library Association’s Code of ethics, Joan ensures that the Library works without prejudice to meet the needs of the organization, as evidenced through her coordination of equity and inclusion services and events.
- Artist in Residence & Photovoice exhibition
- Edges of Light
- Native Voices Series & Exhibit
- School of Medicine student art
- Designation and promotion of gender neutral restrooms in EHSL
As the Library’s vocal conscience, Joan constantly seeks opportunities to embrace underserved community groups. Her future goals include:
- Continuing liaison to OHEI
- Seeking funding for an annual native voices lecture, and EHSL restroom changing tables
- Improving ADA compliance in EHSL spaces (Stair visibility treads, Braille signage, north entrance ramp)
- Increasing access to health care information in multiple languages and reading levels
These examples provide only a glimpse into Joan’s leadership and dedication to inclusive excellence. She is a mentor and example to all she comes in contact with and inspires others to contribute their voices to the University of Utah’s diversity and inclusion efforts and goals.