Dr. Farha Abbasi, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Psychiatry, is the recipient of the 2021 Inspiration Award in the MSU Community Engagement category.
The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) had many outstanding nominations for this year’s prestigious recognition and the selection committee, chaired by Denise Troutman, determined that Dr. Abbasi undoubtedly captured the essence of this award. The Inspiration Awards highlight MSU employees, MSU students, and Mid-Michigan community members who demonstrate inclusive action and influence in working towards gender equity and social justice. Recipients are chosen by a Selection Committee which consists of a diverse group of MSU staff and faculty, and a member of the GenCen Community Board (which consists of local community organizations that work collaboratively with the GenCen). In addition to the Engagement category, Inspiration Awards are given in the Culture of Empowerment, Professional Achievement, and Student Leadership categories.
Dr Abbasi’s achievements include being the founder and director of a truly remarkable and influential institution that affects Spartans, Michiganders, Americans, and Muslims the world over: the Muslim Mental Health Conference. Closer to home, she was recently appointed chair of the Lansing Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force. More recently, she has given various virtual presentations to address the mental health dimensions of the current pandemic. In short, her work truly impacts numerous individuals and communities.
In its announcement, the GenCen added, “Dr. Abbasi truly embodies what the Inspiration Awards stand for.” Although in past years awards were presented at the Wharton Center, the award ceremony will likely be held virtually this year.