Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award

"Diversity is a key ingredient in the excellence of the University of Michigan. When we engage with people from different backgrounds, we learn more and have greater potential to make an impact on our students, patients and society. We cannot be excellent without being diverse."

- President Mark Schlissel

Do you know a member of the staff or an entire work team that stands out by demonstrating extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at the University of Michigan? Share your story by making a nomination for the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.

The Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award was established to shine a light on those staff members who work toward achieving a welcoming, supportive and inclusive working environment. It is intended to celebrate those who embrace the value of diversity and recognize how it helps set the university apart.

As many as ten awards for individuals and five awards for teams will be made each year. Award winners will receive written recognition and money to use for professional development activities and/or training ($1,000 for individual recipients, $2,500 for team recipients to share). Award recipients are honored at a breakfast ceremony held in December. Nominators of award recipients are invited to submit brief videos of congratulations to be shown at the presentation ceremony (see an example here).

This award is made possible by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources to celebrate progress toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.


Contact Jennifer Wade at the Office for Institutional Equity: 763-0235.  

The nomination deadline is October 4, 2019.

To recognize faculty who champion diversity, please see the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.