Dr. May Receives Ida Gray Award
Feb. 22, 2017 - A celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Multicultural Affairs Committee was the backdrop Wednesday as the School of Dentistry presented its annual Ida Gray Awards.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Day ceremony honored the many MAC members and school administrators who have worked over the last two decades to create a welcoming atmosphere for the diverse community of students, faculty, staff and patients.
This year’s Ida Gray Awards were presented to Dr. Ken May, faculty; Teresa Patterson, staff; and Carlotta Fantin-Yusta, student. The award honors individuals who have contributed to the advancement of diversity and who have improved the climate for work, learning, research and patient care. The award is named for Dr. Ida Gray, the first African American woman in the country to earn a DDS when she graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1890. She was also the first black woman to practice dentistry in Chicago.
May, associate professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics, was cited for his longstanding commitment to diversity in working with students, colleagues and patients. The nomination included his clinic work with underserved populations, including Native Americans, and his mentoring of numerous minority student groups. He is also a past director of the school’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Recruitment Initiatives.