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2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., University of Virginia Health System Award 

Nominations are due by 4 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017

2018 MLK Award Nomination Form
Please provide a letter of support explaining why the above nominee should be considered as the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., University of Virginia Health System Award,
highlighting the individual’s leadership in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness.

Please submit all nomination materials to:
Judy Pointer
Office for Diversity
PO Box 800230, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
Phone: 434-924-1867

About the Award
Established in 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.


  • The nominee/recipient must be a current student, faculty, or staff member at the University of Virginia Health System (Medical Center, School of Medicine or School of Nursing).
  • The nominee/recipient must have demonstrated a deep commitment and distinct passion for diversity at the Health System.
  • The nominee/recipient must exemplify leadership in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness.

Selection Committee
The selection committee for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award will include the following voting members:

  • Marcus Martin, MD; Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
  • Greg Townsend, MD; Associate Dean for Diversity, School of Medicine
  • Susan Kools, Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion School of Nursing
  • Mildred Best, M.Div., MSS, BCC; Director, Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education, Health System
  • Judy Pointer, MEd; Program Manager, SOM Office for Diversity
  • Leah Beard, Manager, SOM Office for Diversity
  • Kimberley Barker, Emerging Technologies & Digital Initiatives Librarian

Nomination Process
Any student, faculty or staff member of the University of Virginia Health System is eligible for nomination, according to the above criteria. In addition to the nomination form, the committee requires a letter of support describing how the nominee has exemplified the award-related criteria.

Past Award Recipients
2013 – Pamela Ross, MD
2014 – Michael Moxley, MD
2015 – Dorrie Fontaine, PH.D, RN
2016 – Joel G. Anderson, PhD, HTP; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
2017- Fern Hauck, MD, MS and Charles Lewis


UVA has been recognized as a Diversity Champion

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that set the standard for thousands of other campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion. They develop successful strategies and programs, which then serve as models of excellence for other institutions. Diversity Champion schools exceed everyday expectations, often eclipsing their own goals.

Dr. Randolph Canterbury,Canterbury_160-2
named a recipient of the
2017 John T. Casteen, III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award

Dr. Randolph Canterbury: Changing the Face and Culture of Medicine at UVA

Now senior associate dean for education in the School of Medicine, Canterbury first came to UVA in 1980 to serve his residency in internal medicine and psychiatry. Over the years, he has held several leadership roles, chairing the psychiatry department, and, in 2014, serving for a year as interim dean of the Medical School.
But it was his role in overhauling the admissions process that has changed the face and culture of medicine at UVA.
After becoming associate dean of admissions  in 2003, he saw that the percentage of medical students from underrepresented groups was unacceptably low. He restructured the admissions committee, bringing together a more diverse team and broadening the criteria for considering applications to include more students from different backgrounds, eventually expanding the idea of diversity to include LGBT students, who had largely been overlooked, as well as women and students of color.
The percentage of medical students from underrepresented backgrounds increased from less than 6 percent to 26 percent over a decade, and it continues at about that level. At the same time, the overall performance of UVA medical students and their academic credentials improved dramatically.
“Our data suggest, indeed, increasing diversity increases academic excellence in medical education,” wrote the members of the School of Medicine Diversity Consortium.
Canterbury has been invited to give presentations about UVA’s success to other groups, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, and his work has been referenced in medical education literature, wrote alumnus Dr. Michael Moxley, now medical director at Georgetown University, who was the UVA School of Medicine’s assistant and then associate dean for diversity and medical education from 2009 to 2014.
The sustainable and quantifiable results are only part of the story, however, according to his nominators. They emphasized “the passion for and the dedication to diversity that Dr. Canterbury exemplifies each and every day.”
Together with the first assistant dean for diversity he hired, they traveled around the state and the country to speak to and recruit students, even in high schools. He established a retreat for the admissions committee on cross-cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusion. Canterbury met individually with all the Medical School applicants invited for an interview, memorizing their names, schools and hometowns.
“These actions put them at ease, so that they could be their best and authentic selves and shine in their interviews. Written comments from School of Medicine Admissions surveys noted this, again, and again,” wrote his Diversity Consortium nominators.
The UVA chapters of the Student National Medical Association and Latino Student Medical Association, among several others, also supported Canterbury’s nomination.
In their letter, the student representatives of these associations wrote, “Our community of students is supportive and loving of each other. We feel that we have a voice, and Dr. Canterbury created an admissions process to make this a reality. So Dr. Canterbury’s vision is what has allowed us to grow and thrive in this community.”
“It has been very exciting and gratifying to have played a role in helping our school become more diverse and achieve a higher degree of excellence in medical education,” Canterbury said.