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Tina Pryor receives U-M diversity leader award

Tina Pryor

Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 7, 2016 -– Tina Pryor, Director of Human Resources at the School of Dentistry, has received a Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award from the University of Michigan.

Pryor was among the recipients recognized Tuesday at the eighth annual diversity leaders event. The award program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources.  It was established to recognize staff members across the university who work toward achieving a welcoming, supportive and inclusive working environment.

Stephen Stefanac, Senior Associate Dean and Associated Dean for Patient Services, said he nominated Pryor to celebrate her “service and dedication to creating a diverse work place, insuring equitable hiring, and designing an inclusive environment that welcomes all whose paths cross the threshold of the School of Dentistry – students, faculty, staff, patients, alumni and guests.”

Pryor was one of 10 individuals and five groups honored Tuesday. Individuals receive $1,000 and groups receive $2,500 to be used for professional development.

“I am incredibly honored,” Pryor said, “especially at a time like this where the importance and integrity of diversity, equity and inclusion are being challenged locally and on the national stage.”  She said her view that U-M is “an awesome place to work and learn” was reinforced by learning about the work of the other award recipients.  “It was inspiring to hear all the amazing work that is happening throughout the university and behind the scenes where the pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion are embraced from the top down to the bottom, and back up again.”

Pryor has served in a human resources leadership role for nearly 20 years. In her current role as HR director, she has been “unequivocal in adherence to the highest possible standards when administering the affirmative action protocol for the school,” the nomination said. “She is unwavering in her commitment to ensure that all personnel actions meet those standards.  She ensures that our search committees conduct fair and equitable searches and she is mindful of being inclusive of race, ethnicity and gender when coaching managers and assisting staff with projects.”

Pryor has been involved in numerous programs and projects at the school, including as co-chair of the school’s recently completed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, which is now part of the university-wide DEI strategic plan championed by U-M President Mark Schlissel. Other initiatives and programs have included leading the school’s Staff Forum, which promotes staff engagement; the All Staff Retreat; and the Multicultural Affairs Committee, which sponsors numerous events and activities. She has also been appointed to numerous university committees and helped start an informal campus-wide Human Resources support group that became a formal organization known as HR Community of Practice.  She was honored in 2010 with the School of Dentistry’s Ida Gray Award, a recognition for leadership service to multicultural affairs initiatives and programs.

School of Dentistry Dean Laurie McCauley said Pryor’s commitment to all levels of service is extraordinary. “In every endeavor she champions diversity, equity and inclusion through leadership, by listening, or rolling up her sleeves and working in the trenches,” McCauley said.

For more information on the diversity awards, go to the University Record coverage of the recognition event.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:
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