2022 DWA Recipients
Ms. Keri Becker - Athletic Director Grand Valley State University
Ms. Keri Becker
Serving as the Athletic Director since 2016, Keri also is the Partners in Action Against Racism Network Lead for Grand Valley State University. Under Keri’s leadership GVSU Athletics has prioritized the elevation of women in sports by expanding “Women in Sports Month,” unveiling the Joan Boand Wall of National Champions and serving as Chair of the Boand and Rowe Endowment for the Advancement of Women in Sports and Physical Activity. With significant impact beyond Grand Valley State University, Keri was named a member of the Michigan Task Force on Women in Sports by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. This State Task Force was established in 2019 by Governor Whitmer to promote women in sports, and acknowledges that women who play sports “are more likely to seek and fill leadership roles in other sectors.
Athletic Director Becker spearheaded several social justice initiatives addressing institutional and systemic racism and oppression, such as the Athletic Advisory Council on Racial Equity and Lakers Listen, a multi-year training program on sexual violence prevention for athletic staff and coaches, as well as a student athlete mental health platform. Keri also serves on the leadership team of the GVSU Women’s Commission, works with the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity to create multi-year trainings, and partners with the Padnos International Center to develop student-athlete study abroad that particularly encourages participation for underrepresented populations.
Keri Becker also serves on the Board of Directors of Women Leaders in College Sports and serves in leadership roles for both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Prior to her leadership role on NCAA she was awarded an NCAA Strategic Alliance Matching Grand to increase opportunities for gender and ethnic minorities in intercollegiate athletics.
Earlier in her career, Athletic Director Keri Becker was with Ferris State University where she was a three-time GLIAC Coach of the Year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master Business Administration from Ferris State University.
Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff - Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Michigan State University
Dr. Teresa Woodruff
Dr. Teresa Woodruff led Michigan State University “with resilience in challenging times.” As all institutions, MSU was faced with the COVID pandemic, and pivoted thousands of faculty and students to on-line learning. Along with the Big Ten Academic Alliance, she continues to lead efforts to ensure best practices for student mental health services. She and her team are at the forefront of the National Academies Action Collaboration on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The MSU Student Government gave her the accolade of a “hashtag #weloveourprovost.”
During this challenging time MSU developed its Strategic Plan for 2030. Provost Woodruff held listening sessions for the public across Michigan and led an exhausted campus to provide aspirational thinking and collaborative efforts to create a powerful plan. She led faculty through bylaws changes that strengthened campus governance in cases of egregious misconduct, as well as changes to faculty tenure with unanimous votes by the University Committee on Faculty Tenure, the University Committee on Academic Affairs and the Faculty Senate, with unanimous ratification by the Board of Trustees.
An internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology Dr. Woodruff coined the term “oncofertility” to describe merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She holds over 15 U.S. Patents and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Active in education at the professional level, and with high school students, she was presented the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in an Oval Office Ceremony by President Obama. In 2021, she was featured as one of twelve women in the national best-selling book “Wonder Women of Science: Twelve Geniuses who are Currently Rocking Science, Technology and the World.”
Dr. Woodruff is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal, and Mentor of the Year Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.
Dr. Tonya Bailey - Chief Diversity Officer Lansing Community College
Dr. Tonya Bailey
Joining Lansing Community College in 2018, Dr. Bailey has placed student needs above all else, and serves as a tireless advocate for the human need for community connection and belonging. Her ability to advance a chosen name and pronoun initiative from the Academic Senate through to fruition, allowing students and employees the ability to be seen and addressed in the manner authentic to their identity has been lauded by Lansing Community College. She led the redevelopment of the LCC Cesar Chavez Learning Center by building it into a thriving student hub located in the Center of the Campus. “You are welcome here!” is Dr. Bailey’s principle.
Additionally, Dr. Bailey’s accomplishments for both Lansing Community College and the community include:
Girls on a M.I.S.S.I.O.N, a training program that nurtures, empowers, and educates girls, ages 8-18 during a pivotal time in their lives; founder of Women in Power (WIP) initiative, a 2-day empowerment summit for women & teens that attracts over 300 attendees each year; Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment (WISE) dedicated to the education and support of professional career interests of women students at LCC. One on one mentoring with professional women and monthly mentor/mentee sessions utilizing the ATHENA Leadership Model and Job Shadowing are included in this innovative program for LCC students. And, a program created by Dr. Bailey that received the Equity in Education Award in its first year is the Rise Institute (Reframing Inclusion Through Scholarship and Equity) which addresses unconscious bias and critical issues educators face daily. She is the Creator/Host for the Equi-Tea Podcast, designed to provide tips on issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion while enhancing everyday life, and the Wymin’s (Women’s) Collective that promotes awareness of the issues and celebrations of individuals who identify as female, and amplifies their voice and diversity at LCC.
Dr. Bailey also remains active in the Flint area where she is a tireless advocate and activist for civil and women’s rights through the Flint Branch of the NAACP, the Flint YWCA, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint.