37th Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Debroah Hodges-Pabón

Debroah Hodges-Pabón

Personnel and Operations Administrator, Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL), MIT

37th Annual MLK Leadership Award

Debroah Hodges-Pabón has been the Personnel and Operations Administrator for the Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) since 2002.

Debroah Hodges-Pabón has been the Personnel and Operations Administrator for the Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) since 2002. She is a well-known member of the MTL, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science(EECS) department, and the MIT communities. Not only is Hodges-Pabón responsible for all personnel matters in MTL, but she is also involved with overseeing office/laboratory renovations and serves as the primary event coordinator.

“I excel in building strong relationships and collegiality with various constituents," she says. Her expertise also includes: "consensus-building in team endeavors, multitasking with changing priorities, organizational skills, negotiations, community building, promoting an inclusive environment, leading large events, resourcefulness, and crisis management”.

Hodges-Pabón was recognized with a staff MLK Leadership Award for going "above and beyond the call of duty so often that to us, the beneficiaries of her efforts, it seems routine," wrote one nominator.

Hodges-Pabón is also the recipient of MIT's 2002 Infinite Mile Award for Excellence, which she would again receive in 2015, for her dedication to helping students and any member of the MTL (and EECS) community.

Recent honors

2012 Tungsten Longevity Award for Mentor Advocate Program, MIT Office of Minority Education (OME), Dean of Undergraduate Education

2014 YMCA Achievers Community Service Award, YMCA of Greater Boston

2015 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, Archdiocese of Boston

2015 Infinite Mile Award for Excellence, MIT