Each year, EOAA pays tribute to its founding director Lillian H. Williams by honoring University members who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and diversity.
Ms. Williams served as EOAA director from 1972 until her death in 1984. She developed a national presence as one of the founding organizers of the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA). She has been described as a “natural negotiator, creative strategist, and idealistic, yet pragmatic agent for change.”
The Lillian H. Williams Award was established in 1986 to recognize individuals and units within the University community who exemplify Ms. William’s spirit and commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.