October 3, 2022

The leaders on this list are change-agents, door-openers and role models, their peers and colleagues told us. They create safety and community where they live and work. They hire and mentor other LBGTQ people and help them succeed. Their specialties run the gamut from finance to manufacturing to health care to politics — and their accomplishments only keep growing.

Kim Harty

Associate Professor and Section Lead of Glass 
College for Creative Studies

“Kim has accomplished great things at CCS in her roles as former chair of the Crafts Department, chair of Craft & Material Studies, associate professor, section lead of Glass, and co-lead of the Anti-Racist Learning Community,” said Deirdre Young, chief diversity officer and assistant dean in CCI’s Office for Institutional Equity & Inclusion.


“During the pandemic, Kim worked actively to ensure students felt valued and included during their learning experience through the creation of the Inclusive Classroom Agreement to support student learning and engagement. I have found her contributions essential toward cultivating an environment where ideas and contributions can flourish,” said Young.

Val Weiss

Harty has also launched initiatives to advance crafts in Detroit, including implementing the online marketplace Shop CCS and curating the Stop Making Sense exhibit at Center Galleries. She is also a founding board member of the Glass Education Exchange. 

Moreover, she is a successful artist with a large-scale permanent installation in Detroit’s Foundation Hotel and a solo exhibit at Heller Gallery in New York that is now in the permanent collection at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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