Diversity Matters Award
Developing understanding and appreciation of society’s human diversity is an essential component of an excellent education and a foundation for responsible citizenship. At the University of Northern Iowa, we seek to vigorously pursue the creation and maintenance of a diverse, respectful, and inclusive work and education environment in order to prepare the university community and its members for a constantly evolving world.
Diversity describes the rich differences that people bring to the University of Northern Iowa community. It can refer broadly to culture, identity and ideology, or more specifically to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status. Diversity is a dynamic concept, shaped by history, and changing as our understanding of the world and its people evolves.
Started in 2009 by President Benjamin Allen, the Diversity Matters Award is presented in recognition of dedication and service to the University of Northern Iowa in advancement of its diversity-related goals. This award has been revised since then, and only students and student organizations are eligible for the 2016-2017 academic year.
In partnership with the Chief Diversity Officer, for the 2016-2017 academic year, the Diversity Matters Award for students will be awarded out of the Office of the Dean of Students.
Criteria: Recipients will have demonstrated a high regard for diversity and inclusion by demonstrating one or more of the following:
Outstanding commitment to the value of diversity
Efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
Outstanding leadership in areas of social and/or cultural understanding, local, or regional community involvement
Exemplary contributions to the success of campus-based outreach efforts
Collaborations leading to increased knowledge or understanding related to diversity
Efforts to educate all students to insure that they are prepared to live and work successfully in a diverse world
Efforts to maintain a welcoming and supportive environment for all
Selection factors will include, but will not be limited to, the relative impact of each nominee’s contribution on the university’s diversity efforts; relative merit of contribution to a critical area of diversity and/or community; and length/duration of contribution.
Award recipients will be announced at the 2017 Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Nominations may be made by students, staff, or faculty at any level. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations should be made through the form plus the specified attachments.