True Networking Thursday, an African-American networking organization, awarded Janice Holland, the University of Rochester’s manager of diversity and inclusion, with its Marshall Spurlock Award, at the group’s “Third Thursday Networking” event on Nov. 17.
According to the group’s website, Marshall Spurlock created the organization in 1998 to “provide the African- American community with opportunities for personal and professional awareness, development, and interaction.”
TNT president and Minority Reporter Media Group publisher Dave McCleary presented Holland with the award Dr. Nana Duffy’s office during Thursday’s event; Duffy is a local dermatologist who founded the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester Inc.
“It’s an award we give out every year, to someone we feel exemplifies some of the characteristics of TNT, which are leadership and commitment to the community,” McCleary stated. “We felt Janice Holland was definitely well-deserving of that award.”
As the U of R’s manager of diversity and inclusion, Holland is responsible for assisting departments in diversifying their professional staff, as well as bridging the gap between the university, and the community it serves.
Holland said she was honored to receive the award on Thursday.
“I was overwhelmed,” she stated. “I was honored to be recognized by my fellow peers; I was honored that they thought of me.”
Holland currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, with a concentration on Affirmative Action and Diversity and Inclusion, and is presently in the process of earning a graduate degree in Labor and Public Policy from SUNY Empire State College.
She and her husband Kenny have three adult children, and one grandson.
Visit tntrochester.org for additional information regarding the group.