2017 Human Relations Award Honorees

Judge Sheila Calloway

Throughout her career, Judge Sheila Calloway has served the community in many different areas. Currently, she is a member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and the Disproportionate Minority Local Task Force. She is past chair of the Nashville Prevention Partnership. She served on the MNPS Academies Partnership Council and is the immediate past-chair of the Advisory Board of the Cane Ridge High School Academy of Law. 

Judge Sheila Calloway has most recently played a significant role leveraging her position with the Juvenile Court to further Restorative Justice in Metro Nashville. Judge Calloway co-chaired the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Violence, conducting community summits with recommendations being implemented through the Opportunity NOW initiative. She has transformed Davidson County Juvenile Court into one that builds bridges between youth, their families and community services. Judge Calloway serves on the PASSAGE steering committee and is instrumental in decriminalizing behavior that occurs in schools and is a leader in dismantling the pipeline to prison for youth in Nashville. 

Sheila Calloway has served as the Lead Judge for the Davidson County Model Court of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Court Improvement Program Work Group; a member of the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Co-op; Hands on Nashville, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

 

Tom Negri

Working in the hospitality industry during his career, it’s only fitting that Tom Negri is known for his welcoming spirit, which he has consistently reinforced through direct action. 

Since moving to Nashville in 1996, Tom has been involved with causes and organizations across the spectrum of human rights and relations, including helping to organize the citywide campaign to combat a local English-Only bill under the banner of Nashville for All of Us. Through the years, Tom has served on nearly 20 boards and action committees, including Habitat for Humanity, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the YWCA, Conexión Americas, TIRCC, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Welcoming America.

He has served on the Metro Human Relations Commission, including serving as its Interim Director, leading under the theme “One City for All People.”  Among other things, under Tom’s leadership the Commission conducted and released a comprehensive report showing the need for greater diversity across all Metro Nashville departments. 

Tom has been a constant presence building bridges between people from all walks of life and fostering understanding to ensure our city is a welcoming one for all.

 

Pat Glaser Shea

Pat Shea has been a consistent advocate for the rights of all and a catalyst for inclusion, most recently working to fully realize the YWCA mission in Middle Tennessee and extend that influence across the country. 

Pat has re-shaped Nashville’s conversation on domestic violence, expanded services for women and children, and changed laws to improve safety for victims of domestic violence. Promoting men as key allies in issues impacting women, Pat successfully petitioned the National YWCA to invite men on their local Board of Directors. Pat conceived and launched MEND – an innovative initiative to engage men in preventing violence against women and girls before it begins.

Under Pat’s leadership, the YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee reclaimed the YWCA National mission, initiated an annual declaration in the “Stand Against Racism”, added services specifically targeting young women of color, and created one of the cities more diverse board of directors to ensure equal representation from Nashville’s changing population. 

She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Nonprofit Management, founding Chair of the Nashville Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), Advisory Board to the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, Nashville CABLE, Tennessee Women’s Forum and is a co-chair of Mayor Barry’s Gender Equity Council. Pat was recently awarded the ATHENA Leadership Award for her work in supporting and promoting women. 

 

Nissan North America

Twenty-five years ago, when Nissan North America was headquartered in Southern California, the Los Angeles riots became the catalyst for the start of the Nissan Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofits that promote greater understanding and respect among ethnic/cultural groups that make up American society.  The Nissan Foundation is one example of how the company activates its commitment to diversity both as a social imperative as well as good business. 

Since relocating its North American headquarters to Nashville in 2006, Nissan has been a significant and consistent community partner, supporting many organizations and causes. Nissan’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is delivered not only in its community but within the company and culture through hiring and development, corporate leadership and vendor relationships. 

In the workplace, Nissan has created 25 employee resource groups to raise cultural awareness and serve as ambassadors within the community to educate others about the value of diversity. Nissan’s diversity strategy extends into the community through partnerships with many businesses and organizations — both locally and nationally — including 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), and the National Society of Black Engineers, to name just a few.

In 2016 Nissan was named one of DiversityInc Magazine's 25 Noteworthy Companies for diversity for third year in a row. Nissan was the first company in Tennessee to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, scoring 100 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  The company has also been recognized the last three years in the Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council’s Annual Impact Awards.