Lane Wins Griot Award

May 20, 2022 - Dr. Tiffany Lane, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was recently awarded the Upperman Center's Griot Black Faculty Award at the Center's annual Senior Sankofa graduation ceremony. Dr. Lane was recognized for her devotion to Black student success, partnering with the Center, and commitment to the university. A griot is a historian, storyteller or praise singer whose long-standing support and institutional memory of black life at UNCW makes them a community leader. 

Tiffany LaneDr. Lane has spearheaded many events throughout the 2021-2022 calendar year that fulfills this description including one entitled Poetry Jam: Mental Health is an Experience. This event invited students to use poetry to discuss mental health and societal issues, particularly with historically marginalized groups.

Dr. Lane says of the award, “This means so much to me. It feels like there's much more significance to receiving something when you don’t nominate yourself for it. Those that you impacted thought of you and wanted your work to be recognized.”

Dione Reynolds is a program coordinator for the UNCW’s Upperman African American Center and had a major hand in deciding the recipient of this year’s Griot Black Faculty Award. For Reynolds, the choice was clear. “Dr. Lane was the first person to come to mind. When I think of her, I think about her energy and positivity. Dr. Lane has an aura about her. She has empathy and she expresses that, especially with the students that come to her. The positivity is always emitting off of her. She's like the person that sees the light at the end of the tunnel and she never loses sight of that,” he said.

Looking to the future, Dr. Lane plans to continue to do more work and engage the students. "I'm actually thinking about other projects in the future and how I can include Latino students,” she said.