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The Pillars

The Pillars


Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
2-5 p.m.; Awards presented at 3 p.m.
Two Mississippi Museums:
Museum of Mississippi History
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
222 North St. in Downtown Jackson

Introducing The Pillars, new institutional awards that honor individuals who have made meaningful contributions that broaden diversity and promote a climate of inclusion in the UMMC commUNITY and beyond.  


Nominations are now being accepted in the following categories:

  • Excellence Award – Student/trainee
  • Inclusion Award – Staff member
  • Beacon Award – Faculty member
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Alumni

Click here for awards criteria and online nomination form.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2017 in order to be considered. For more information, contact:   

  •; (601) 815-7857
  • Interoffice mail: Mandy Scott, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Standard mail: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216

Awards presentation

Nominees and recipients will be honored at The Pillars at 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Two Mississippi Museums: Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to request a free ticket (limit one per person).

For a donation of $25, you can receive an additional ticket to the event. All funds will be used to support ODI initiatives that broaden diversity and foster the climate of inclusion across UMMC’s mission areas of education, research, and health care. The first 100 people to make a $25 or more donation before Nov. 1, 2017, will receive a commemorative gift. A confirmation email will be sent to the address provided. 

Steering committee members

  • Whitney Bondurant, Director, Sponsored Programs Pre-Award
  • Dan Coleman, Associate Director, MS Rural Physicians Scholarship Program
  • Kate Harriel, School of Medicine, Class of 2020
  • Carlen Johnson, School of Pharmacy, Class of 2018
  • Rachel Jones, Manager of Government Affairs and Economic Development, Government Relations
  • Sanette Langston, Manager of Annual Giving, Office of Development
  • Kim Massey, Director of Institutional Giving, Office of Development
  • April Mann Overstreet, Director, Alumni Affairs
  • Joyce Shelby, Simulation Center Manager – Finance and Administration

Sponsorship opportunities

Thank you for considering becoming a sponsor of the inaugural awards and presentation event, The Pillars.  Your contributions helps to sustain diversity and inclusion, community engagement efforts, and programming for improving health care access for all.