The Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards

The Office of the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) offers the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards once every two years. On even years, staff and graduate students receive awards. On odd years, faculty and undergraduate students receive awards.

2021 Awards

  • Faculty Awards

    Amount: $1,000

    Purpose: To recognize faculty for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an
    environment in which diversity is understood, valued, respected, appreciated, and practiced.

    Eligibility: All faculty members in the College, with candidates identified by self-nominations or by faculty, staff, and students on behalf of someone they see as deserving.

    Selection Criteria: Awardees would have played a leadership role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations: Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu, and must be received by January 29, 2021.

    • Nominations can come from MSU faculty, staff, or students
    • Nomination packets should include the following:     
      • CV of nominee
      • 1 nominating letter (maximum 500 words).
        • Articulate how individual fits criteria for award
        • Provide evidence for excellence in diversity and inclusion work
        • How has the nominee shown a commitment to enhance or support diversity or inclusion?
        • Using examples, please state why you consider the nominee to be a worthy recipient of the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award.
      • Proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity (either offered by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives [MSU Dialogues, or Diversity and Equity e-Learning], or SSC DEI training modules, when available)
      • 2 supporting letters from individuals other than nominators. No more than one supporting letter can come from a student.

    Selection Process: The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion (DABDI) will convene a Diversity and Inclusion Award sub-committee of 5, from current members of DABDI, who will evaluate nominations and make a recommendation to the Dean.

  • Undergraduate Awards

    Amount: $250

    Purpose:  To recognize undergraduate students for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an environment in which diversity is understood, valued, respected, appreciated and practiced. 

    Eligibility:  All undergraduate student members in the College, with candidates identified by nominations by faculty, staff, or students on behalf of someone they see as deserving.

    Selection Criteria: Awardees would have played a significant role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations: Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu, and must be received by January 29, 2021.

    • Nominations can come from faculty, staff, or students.
    • Nomination packets should include the following:
      • CV of nominee.
      • 1 nominating letter (maximum 500 words).
        • Articulate how individual fits criteria for award
        • Provide evidence for excellence in diversity and inclusion work
        • How has the nominee shown a commitment to enhance or support diversity or inclusion?
        • Using examples, please state why you consider the nominee to be a worthy recipient of the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award.
      • Self-statement from nominee.
        • Discuss personal goals and accomplishments, philosophy, and outcomes associated with diversity and inclusion activities
      • Proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity (either offered by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives [MSU Dialogues, or Diversity and Equity e-Learning], or SSC DEI training modules, when available)
      • 2 supporting letters from individuals other than nominators. No more than one supporting letter can come from a student.

    Selection Process:

    The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion (DABDI) will convene a Diversity and Inclusion Award sub-committee of 5, from current members of DABDI, who will evaluate nominations and make a recommendation to the Dean.

     


2022 Awards

  • Staff Awards

    Amount: $1,000

    Purpose:  To recognize staff for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an environment in which diversity is understood, valued, respected, appreciated, and practiced. 

    Eligibility:  All staff members in the College, with candidates identified by self-nominations or by faculty, staff, and students on behalf of someone they see as deserving.

    Selection Criteria: Awardees would have played a leadership role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations: Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu, and must be received by January 28, 2022.

    • Nominations can come from MSU faculty, staff or students
    • Nomination packets should include the following:
      • CV of nominee
      • 1 nominating letter (maximum 500 words).
        • Articulate how individual fits criteria for award
        • Provide evidence for excellence in diversity and inclusion work
        • How has the nominee shown a commitment to enhance or support diversity or inclusion?
        • Using examples, please state why you consider the nominee to be a worthy recipient of the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award.
      • Proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity (either offered by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives [MSU Dialogues, or Diversity and Equity e-Learning], or SSC DEI training modules, when available)
      • 2 supporting letters from individuals other than nominators. No more than one supporting letter can come from a student.

    Selection Process:

    The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion (DABDI) will convene a Diversity and Inclusion Award sub-committee of 5, from current members of DABDI, who will evaluate nominations and make a recommendation to the Dean.

  • Graduate Student Awards

    Amount: $500

    Purpose:  To recognize graduate students for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an environment in which diversity is understood, valued, respected, appreciated, and practiced. 

    Eligibility:  All graduate student members in the College, with candidates identified by nominations by faculty or staff on behalf of someone they see as deserving.

    Selection Criteria: Awardees would have played a significant role advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations: Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu, and must be received by January 28, 2022.

    • Nominations can come from faculty, staff or students.
    • Nomination packets should include the following:
      • CV of nominee
      • 1 nominating letter (maximum 500 words).
        • Articulate how individual fits criteria for award
        • Provide evidence for excellence in diversity and inclusion work
        • How has the nominee shown a commitment to enhance or support diversity or inclusion?
        • Using examples, please state why you consider the nominee to be a worthy recipient of the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award.
      • Self-statement from nominee.
        • Discuss personal goals and accomplishments, philosophy, and outcomes associated with diversity and inclusion activities
      • Proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity (either offered by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives [MSU Dialogues, or Diversity and Equity e-Learning], or SSC DEI training modules, when available)
      • 2 supporting letters from individuals other than nominators. No more than one supporting letter can come from a student.

    Selection Process:

    The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion (DABDI) will convene a Diversity and Inclusion Award sub-committee of 5, from current members of DABDI, who will evaluate nominations and make a recommendation to the Dean.