April 29, 2019
On Monday, April 29, six University of Michigan faculty members received 2019 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards from the Office of the Provost, including Ron Eglash, professor at the School of Information and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
The Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, given in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, is an annual celebration of faculty whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse University of Michigan community.
Eglash’s primary academic work, “African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design,” was “a new milestone in opposing racist portraits and ‘primitive’ stereotypes,” wrote Stamps professor Audrey Bennett.
Eglash’s work has been highlighted in both academic and public spheres, as his TED talk gained more than 1.5 million views and his work was covered in media outlets like The New York Times and The Economist.