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Highlighting Accomplishments

As we become aware of honors and promotions received by Ohio State women, we have added news articles about them to our Highlighting Accomplishments feature to share their success and to showcase it as an example to inspire other women. In addition, as the collection of articles grows, we're creating a repository of Ohio State's women's accomplishments. The Women's Place would like to congratulate the following women for the recognition they have received.

If you know of an Ohio State woman, faculty or staff, who has received national or international recognition, nominate her to be included in our Highlighting Accomplishments feature. Email your suggestions to womensplace@osu.edu — self nominations are welcome!


Kwan receives prestigious award in American geography
May 06, 2011 - 

Portrait of Mei-Po KwanMei-Po Kwan, professor, geography, and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is the recipient of the Association of American Geographers Distinguished Scholarship Honors Award in recognition of her pioneering scholarship in spatial behavior studies that fuse quantitative and qualitative methods from transportation geography, critical social theory, feminist geography, and geographic information science. The award is among the most prestigious awards in American geography.

Havercamp promoted to AAIDD Fellow
Mar 29, 2011 - 

Portrait of Susan HavercampSusan Havercamp, director of health promotion and healthcare parity at the Nisonger Center and associate professor of psychiatry and psychology, has been promoted to "Fellow" in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Fellows are recognized for their leadership in the association and meritorious contributions to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Havercamp earned a BS in psychology at The University of Iowa; an MA in psychology with an emphasis in clinical, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities at Ohio State; and a PhD in psychology, also at Ohio State. She currently works on health and healthcare for children and adults with disabilities at the Nisonger Center.

Her research and clinical work focuses on physical and mental health issues in persons with developmental disabilities, and she is engaged in developing disability training for healthcare providers to improve attitudes toward and communication with people with disabilities. Havercamp is working to include this innovative training in Ohio State’s medical student curriculum. Currently, there are no diversity guidelines in medical training that address persons with developmental disabilities.

Havercamp is also involved with students in her work with AAIDD. As many practitioners in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field age, there’s a significant need to replace this workforce. Responding to this, Havercamp developed a major initiative at AAIDD to recruit and retain students in the association.

As part of this initiative, she was a founding member of the AAIDD Student and Early Career Professional Committee. She also serves as a “guide” to students and early career professionals. With her increasing involvement in AAIDD and excitement about her field, Havercamp has set running for AAIDD president as one of her goals.

Alexander's book receives national acclaim and attention
Mar 07, 2011 - 

Portrait of Michelle AlexanderMichelle Alexander's first book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has been called "one of the best African American books of 2010."

Not only has Alexander, associate professor, Moritz College of Law, received national critical acclaim for her work, but she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary work - Non-Fiction for the book. For forty-two years, the NAACP Image Awards have acknowledged outstanding achievements and performances by people of color in the arts, and the work of groups/individuals who creatively promote social justice.

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court, and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

For several years, she served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action suits alleging race and gender discrimination.

In 2005, Alexander won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of the book. In The New Jim Crow, Alexander examines how the drug war contributes to the endless cycle of discrimination among African American felons who find it difficult to get a job, housing, or health benefits. She also explores the cultural biases that still exist and how segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration. For example, there are currently more African Americans in prison than were enslaved in 1850. Alexander challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Alexander has significant experience in the field of civil rights advocacy and litigation. She has litigated civil rights cases in private practice as well as engaged in innovative litigation and advocacy efforts in the non-profit sector.

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