Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards

History

The Academic Senate Task Force on a Fair and Open Academic Environment was established in 1991 following a call from the system wide Academic Senate and the Office of the President to "establish programs designed to raise the awareness and sensitivity of faculty and staff to potentially prejudicial or discriminatory practices and behaviors." One of the recommendations of the Task Force, approved at the May 23, 1995 Legislative Assembly, was that the Chancellor should establish a system of campus recognition and rewards for faculty, administrators, students, and staff who are especially successful in a fair and open environment.

In 2009 the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CODEI) changed the award name to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. The award is to be given on an annual basis.

Proposals are reviewed and winners determined by the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Award Category

CODEI will name as many as four faculty recipients, two student recipients and one staff recipient. Each recipient will receive a $2,000.00 cash award. All recipients will be honored the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dinner. The date of the event will be announced later this year. In addition, the winner will be announced at the Legislative Assembly meeting in June, 2018.

Eligibility

Any faculty senate member, student or staff can be nominated.

Criteria

In evaluating many outstanding people, the main characteristics considered are extraordinary accomplishments in leadership, innovation, initiatives, and creativity.

Among the factors that will be considered are: mentoring students for entering graduate school, developing academic support programs, establishing pipeline programs from high schools, creating curricula enabling students to appreciate the dynamics of inter-group relations, enhancing free exchange of ideas surrounding controversial issues, development of teaching methods that are especially inclusive and interactive, creativity in conflict resolution, and/or promotion of programs for the disabled.

Faculty Awards

  • Career Commitment to Diversity –This award will honor a faculty member who, over time, has truly excelled across teaching, service, and scholarship that fosters diversity.
  • Research on Diversity –This award will honor a faculty member whose scholarship has made a significant and lasting impact on diversity in their field.
  • Student Development – This award will honor a faculty member who has excelled in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body, has taught or is currently teaching a large number of undergraduate classes, has aided in the development of academic support or mentoring programs, has established pipeline programs from high schools and community colleges, has created curricula enabling students to appreciate the dynamics of inter-group relations by enhancing free exchange of ideas surrounding controversial issues, or has developed teaching methods that are especially inclusive and interactive.
  • Community Service and Praxis –This award will honor a faculty member who has built solid, lasting, and meaningful partnerships with community groups and organizations who have a significant impact on the diversity of Los Angeles and surrounding communities. The applicant should demonstrate a sustained effort in community outreach and professional service, utilize imaginative or innovative approaches to service, serve as a community service model to students at UCLA, present evidence of the success of the service provided to the wider community through scholarly output, community impact, and/or student learning.

Student Awards

One undergraduate and one graduate student award to honor those who have motivated other members of the University to strive for excellence. These students embrace diversity and serve humanity through learning. Not only are these students constantly working to better themselves, but they are also dedicated to the growth of their peers.

Staff Award

This award will honor a staff member who has demonstrated a high regard for diversity by demonstrating a commitment to the spirit of diversity, demonstrating leadership abilities through positive interaction between persons of different cultural backgrounds, and displaying behavior that illustrates commitment to inclusion of persons within the institution who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

 

The Judging Process

Members of CODEI will assess the nominations based on the awards criteria. The prize recipient will be selected in early April.

Entry Instructions

Apply for DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AWARD

The nomination letter may come from faculty, staff, students, student organizations or administrators. The letter should contain a description of the contributions of the candidate who has promoted a diverse, impartial, and inclusive academic environment at UCLA.

Steps

 1. Upload a nomination letter no longer than two pages. This letter is critical. It should describe what makes the candidate’s leadership, innovation initiatives and creativity in diversity distinguished as opposed to good or merely adequate. The letter should contain a description of the contributions of the candidate who has promoted a diverse, impartial, and inclusive academic environment at UCLA.

2. Upload no more than five letters of support (one to two pages each). Letters solicited on behalf of the candidates are definitely encouraged. Letters of support should be addressed to the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

If you have further questions, contact Annie Speights at aspeights@senate.ucla.edu, in the Academic Senate Office.