Board of Regents Diversity Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize institutional change agents who have fostered access and educational success for historically underrepresented populations.  By recognizing the exceptional impact these change agents have had on university life, this new award affirms the University of Wisconsin System’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and excellence.

One award will be made in each of the three categories - individual, team, and institution/unit.  Winners will be publicly recognized at the UW Board of Regents February meeting and receive a grant of up to $5,000 to support the individual recipients’ professional development or to continue the program being honored.

Each UW System institution may submit one nomination for each of the three categories with a maximum of three nominations per institution.  Institutions are free to follow their own process for nominations insofar as they submit the appropriate materials and documentation (see application guidelines.)  Individuals, teams, and units may also nominate themselves for the award.  Please keep in mind that this award is intended to recognize those whose work has had a significant, measurable impact on closing the achievement gap for students from underrepresented populations (African Americans, American Indians, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian Americans -- particularly Southeast Asians, and economically disadvantaged students.)

The deadline for submitting application materials is in the fall of each year.