Michael Davis Receives the 2014 Heman Marion Sweatt Student Legacy Award
Davis founded the multicultural student center on University of Texas at Austin campus
Calvert Investments congratulates Michael Davis, Director of Institutional Client Relationships at Calvert Investments, Inc., recipient of the 2014 Heman Marion Sweatt Student Legacy Award from the University of Texas at Austin.
The Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award honors alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University of Texas at Austin who embody the life and legacy of Heman Marion Sweatt by breaking down barriers and challenging the status quo.
Heman Marion Sweatt was the first African American admitted to the University of Texas School of Law. He first applied to the university in 1946 at the age of 33 and was turned down solely due to his race. In 1950 after the Supreme Court ruled in Sweatt’s favor, Sweatt entered the law school on Sept. 19, 1950. The Supreme Court case Sweatt v. Painter paved the way for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka rulings that opened the doors to higher education for all African Americans and desegregated public education in the United States.
“I’m deeply touched by this honor,” said Davis, “Heman Sweatt dedicated his life to opening doors for millions of students aspiring to the American Dream. His work made my dreams possible and I cannot fathom an honor of greater personal significance to me than this.”
Mr. Davis received the Student Legacy Award for his efforts in establishing the Minority Information Center (MIC) on the university’s campus in 1988. The center provided critical support to minority students during a time when there was a great deal of strife on campus and low graduation rates for students of color. Davis, who was active in Student Government and the Black Student Alliance, spearheaded the effort to get resources and support for the MIC, which has since been renamed the Multicultural Engagement Center to reflect the center’s evolving role. It continues to operate today, some 25 years later. Read the complete article “Michael Davis Founder of Multicultural Engagement Center; to learn more about Mr. Davis’ work creating the MIC at University of Texas at Austin.
“Founding that center was a critical step in my personal and professional development,” said Davis. “I learned the importance of dedication, identifying a need, and developing a strategic approach to address it. As I later learned, these are all elements of sound business practice. More importantly, though, I am delighted that we developed a bridge which has been helpful to so many students. We used to say that if the Center helped just one student graduate, it was well worth the effort. Now, more than 25 years later, it seems to have done that and more.”
Mr. Davis went on to complete a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy school of government at Harvard University and has had a distinguished 22 year career in financial services – primarily focused on institutional asset management. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration during President Obama’s first term.
Lynne Ford, Executive Vice President, Distribution, who recruited Davis to Calvert, said "Michael exemplifies the Calvert brand and is passionate about his community. He brings an incredible amount of expertise to institutional clients seeking to utilize sustainable investing to achieve their financial outcomes. We are very proud to have him as a member of the Calvert team.”
Mr. Davis joined Calvert Investments in 2013 as director of institutional client relationships. In this role, he directs the firm’s institutional relationship strategy, and manages the team responsible for building Calvert’s relationships with endowments and foundations, public and private retirement plans, Taft-Hartley plans, healthcare organizations and other institutional investors both domestically and overseas.
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Calvert Investments is a leading investment management company using sustainability as a platform to create value for investors. Serving financial advisors and their clients, retirement plans and insurance carriers, and institutional investors, the company offers a broad array of equity, bond, and asset allocation strategies, featuring integrated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research and corporate engagement. Strategies are available through mutual funds, sub-advisory services, and separate account management. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Calvert Investments had more than $13 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2014. www.Calvert.com
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