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Lois Price-Spratlen Receives 2006 MLK Service Award


For immediate release
Date:  2006

Lois Price-Spratlen, left, with Kathleen Sellick

Nursing Professor Lois Price-Spratlen received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Jan. 12 in recognition of her leadership in diversity efforts. The honor was part of the annual tribute to the slain civil rights leader organized by UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine.

Price-Spratlen, professor in psychosocial and community health, has demonstrated her deep commitment to promoting diversity in the School of Nursing as well as the entire university and the community at large by supporting educational opportunity efforts through her fund raising on behalf of African American students; assisting with recruiting, mentoring and supporting diverse students, faculty and staff; and promoting participation in the UW Alumni Association multicultural activities.

Price-Spratlen, who is also university ombudsman for sexual harassment, has been instrumental in broadening the understanding of many in our community about the value of a diverse faculty, staff and student group. She has been a role model in facing a challenging situation and dealing with it directly and constructively. She has simulated transformational change in how we view ourselves in the School of Nursing and how we aspire to be a more diverse organization.

She is an active member of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, as well as the founder of its endowment. This endowment has created a fund-raising campaign to help provide scholarships to African American students so they may continue their education.

Price-Spratlen is currently the chair of the King County Board of Ethics. She has made prevention through education a primary focus, implementing an ethics education program designed to reach all employees, appointed and elected officials.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.