M. Roy Wilson, MD

President, Wayne State University

The INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award honors college presidents and chancellors who go above and beyond their everyday duties to give back to their institutions and communities. President Wilson was nominated by colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity as a 2016 Giving Back Award recipient for his dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion and encouraging community service both on his campus and in the surrounding community. 

Diversity and Inclusion Actions
Created the position of associate provost for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer; established the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement

Established Initiatives
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), a program funded by the National Institutes of Health and focused on improving the pipeline of underrepresented students in careers in the sciences and biomedical fields; Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH), a program established to meet the needs of homeless and financially challenged students

Addressing Equity Issues
Dr. Wilson created the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), a grant initiative in which six nonprofit organizations are participating to address racial equity, healthcare, education, food security, safety, and housing in the region.

Nomination Excerpt
“The same values that have made Dr. Wilson an outstanding physician, university president, and community stakeholder are being imparted to [our] students and employees. He is seeking to transform this community through the generosity of investors, which translates into jobs and opportunities.”