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Class of Distinction. By Renata Birkenbuel, Jill Carnell and Erin Driscoll.

Outstanding Public Service Award
Recognizes a Faculty or Staff Member Rendering Exceptional Public Service

Millie RussellMillie Russell

DEPARTMENT: Office of Minority Affairs, Assistant to the Vice President; 30 years at UW

ACHIEVEMENTS: Providing support to groups and organizations locally, nationally and internationally, Russell has acted as a mentor, adviser, role model and teacher to those old and young. Her areas of interest range from working with women in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to youth members of Blacks in Science to the specialists in the Washington State Association of Black Professionals in Health Care. More specifically, at the UW dental school, she organized a minority scholarship, making it possible for one student to complete her courses; the student is now inspired to improve the education, health care and social enhancement of all people. Russell also established an SAT tutorial program in which, after a long day of work, she instructs evening classes to high-school students.

QUOTE: "Dr. Russell has for many years provided always reliable, sustained, creative and energetic leadership. She has facilitated the development of numerous productive partnerships for improved communities, and has nurtured countless individuals." —Medicine Professor Emeritus Alvin J. Thompson

DEGREES: B.S., Seattle University, 1948; Teaching Certificate, Seattle University, 1971; M.S., UW, 1978; Ph.D., UW, 1988


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