College of Education professor is recipient of Faculty Diversity Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jennifer L. Parks, (808) 956-0416
Communications Coordinator, College of Education
Posted: Oct 12, 2011

Brenda Y. Cartwright
Brenda Y. Cartwright
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education Professor Brenda Y. Cartwright was selected for one of two 2011 Annual Faculty Diversity Awards. Sponsored by the UHM Commission on Diversity, the awards are presented to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity through their work and who are vetted by a committee of their peers.
A professor in the college’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS), Cartwright was recently awarded the Virgie Winston-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award given by the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC).
“Dr. Cartwright has been the consummate advocate for increasing diversity in the area of faculty and students on the UHM campus,” said KRS Chair Julienne Maeda. “Her work has been devoted to improving the quality of life for others and to ensure diversity is addressed with respect and fairness.”     
Serving on a number of community, university, and national committees, Cartwright actively contributed to developing a report on racial/ethnic and gender inclusivity of the College of Education faculty, staff, and students. She participated in reviewing student applications for tuition awards sponsored through ASUH, helping to select the awardees based on academic achievement, high financial need, and unique situation.
With diversity as a large focus of Cartwright’s research, she has incorporated her students in projects that explore diversity, accessibility, and problem solving in those areas
“I am fortunate to work in an environment that affords incredible opportunities to enhance diversity and multicultural issues,” Cartwright said in her acceptance speech. “This award is extra special because it not only recognizes my past efforts, but it also serves as an inspiration for me to keep going, to maintain my passion and staying power, to ensure that the local and global communities are fairer and kinder to all.”

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