Diversity Champions

Congratulations to our 2019 OCC Diversity Champion Dr. Kim Davis

Objective. Respectful. Judicious. Gracious. These attributes are used to describe Dr. Kim Davis, Oakland Community College’s 2019 Diversity Champion.The College’s Committee for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion awarded Davis, associate dean for communications arts and humanities, with this honor for her invaluable contributions ensuring all people feel included and empowered.

“Kim understands the value of change and embraces it, helping others to envision the benefits of change, openness and acceptance,” said Cindy Carbone, dean for communications arts and humanities in nominating Davis for the award.

“As an educator at heart, she is empathetic to her students, teaching them how to be better thinkers, writers, and readers – as well as teaching responsibility, instilling self-worth and motivating students to succeed. She takes that approach with faculty and staff as well, trying to instill a broader understanding of how our differences can lead to success.”

Davis joined OCC in 2013 as a faculty member and transitioned to administrative duties in 2018. She has been an integral part of the college’s Placement Committee, which adapted a new incoming student placement tool. She also serves on the Curriculum Committee, is a member of OCC’s Title IX team and active participant in Behavioral Assessment Resource Teams (BART). In her deep commitment to student success and learning, she continues to teach Academic Literacy courses, when possible, and actively mentors academic literacy coordinators collegewide.

The Birmingham Race Relations and Diversity Task Force will honor Davis on May 2, 2019, at the Birmingham Community House. There she will be honored for exemplifying excellence at OCC, empowering everyone she meets to do their best, and embodying respect and inclusion in all her endeavors.

List of Diversity Champion:

  • 2019 - Dr. Kim Davis
  • 2018 - Pamela Micallef
  • 2017 - Allison McFadden-Keesling
  • 2016 - Dr. Rosalind Reaves
  • 2015 - Nadja Springer-Ali
  • 2014 - Stacey Jackson
  • 2013 - Michelle Fether-Samtouni
  • 2012 - Sally Hanna
  • 2011 - Kelli Van Buren
  • 2010 - Pamela Dorris
  • 2009 - Eric Abbey
  • 2008 - Dr. Jacqueline Shadko
  • 2007 - Beverly Stanborough
  • 2006 - Lloyd Crews, Letyna Roberts
  • 2005 - Douglas Riddering
  • 2004 - Candy Geeter, Wanda Pernell-Harris, Dr. Maurice McCall, Richard L. Burt-Willson
  • 2003 - Nancy Nicholson, Rocio Oxholm-Flores, Elise Roman, Diana Schack
  • 2002 - JuliAnne Diesch
  • 2001 - Imagene Bailey
  • 2000 - Arlene Frank
  • 1999 - Dr. Martha Smydra