2019 Frances M. Leslie
DECADE Mentor Excellence Award
Dean Frances Leslie had a vision years ago to create the DECADE mentor program. Since its inception, almost 115 faculty members have served in this role, committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion – and to ensuring an inclusive environment for graduate success.
This year, the Office of Inclusive Excellence solicited nominations from across campus for the inaugural DECADE Mentor Excellence Award, and has named this award after the woman whose vision made this all possible: Graduate Dean Frances Leslie.
The inaugural awardee of the Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award is Dr. Ann Hironaka, Professor of the Department of Sociology and DECADE Mentor for Sociology since 2011. Dr. Hironaka was nominated by both students and her peers for the extraordinary support she has provided for numerous students as a DECADE Faculty Mentor. Dr. Hironaka has worked tirelessly to institutionalize practices that promote and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities within the academy. Her approach to supporting underrepresented scholars is exhaustive: she provides rich, individualized mentoring to students and junior faculty while serving in leadership positions to develop meaningful institutional interventions.
Congratulations Professor Ann Hironaka for your commitment to diversity and inclusion!!
Douglas M. Haynes
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, ADVANCE Program
Professor, Department of History
University of California, Irvine