Humphrey School News—May 11, 2016

Samuel Myers of Humphrey School's Wilkins Center Wins International Educator’s Award

Professor Samuel Myers, Jr., director of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is a recipient of the 2016 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards.

The awards are conferred each year by the International Leadership Institute, which works to increase and strengthen international understanding between Minnesota and the world, and to empower communities of color by promoting leadership, justice, peace, and democracy.

Myers received the International Educator’s Award at the institute’s gala event May 10. Three other awards were also presented.

The Citizens Awards, which have been given since 1992, honor individuals and corporations whose work has contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, friendship, and development.

Award winners were chosen based on how they exemplify the following characteristics:

  • Clear and exemplary contributions to local and global communities
  • A strong commitment to international understanding and cooperation
  • A demonstrated sense of mutuality and respect in relation to other countries and people

Myers is Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School, and his research specializes in the impacts of social policies on the economically disadvantaged. He is a national authority on the methodology of measuring racial and ethnic disparities in public procurement and contracting.

Myers has consulted with the National Employment Policy Commission; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Civil Rights Commission; U.S. General Accounting Office; and U.S. Congressional Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime; and served as a senior staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission.

Myers is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and was a Fulbright Fellow with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing during the 2008-2009 academic year. 

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