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Johnson receives inaugural division award for inclusion efforts

  • From left are Brad Wallace, vice president Jim Bachmeier, Jane Johnson and Chaunte Rodgers. Johnson received the inaugural Finance and Administration Division iPIE award, and a Grand Traverse pie, for her efforts to promote inclusion and equity.

Posted on May 06, 2014

Jane Johnson, customer service coordinator for University Bookstore, was the first recipient of an inclusion and equity award from the Finance and Administration Division.

Johnson received the iPIE (Intentional Practice of Inclusion and Equity) May 6 during the division’s spring forum.

The award was established to honor a staff member who promotes awareness, equality and cultural competency within the university and community.

She was nominated for the award by Jerrod Nickels, manager of UBS and Copy Services. Nickels said Johnson is a strong advocate for inclusion and actively looks to hire diverse student employees.

“Jane does not shy away from diversity; rather, she embraces it,” Nickels said. “She loves to hear and celebrate what is unique about each person, but also to discover the common themes that unite us all.”

Nickels also said Johnson frequently attends seminars on cultural competency, “knowing that intercultural communication and understanding are marathon endeavors and not short-term goals.”

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