Outstanding Commitment to Diversity Award
The College of Agriculture has established an annual award to honor full-time faculty, staff and administrative-professional employees who have exhibited outstanding commitment to diversity in their performance, service and collegiality in the workplace.
All full-time faculty, staff and administrative-professional category employees in the College of Agriculture who have been employees at least one year in a regular, continuing appointment by December 31 of the award year are eligible to be nominated. Recipients of the award will not be eligible again for a period of two years. Current members of the Diversity Awards Committee are not eligible.
The Diversity Awards Committee is comprised of members of the College of Agriculture Diversity Committee.
Criteria for consideration of the award:
The recipient of the award will demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the workplace. This will include working on behalf of diverse populations, representing diverse perspectives, and collaborating with co-workers, and other campus groups. Award winners should demonstrate an appreciation for diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives in day to day work with all students, co-workers, staff, faculty, and visitors to the College of Agriculture.
Process of selection:
An application of the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity Award shall be completed in its entirety along with two letters of support for the nominee from faculty, staff or students from the College of Agriculture or the surrounding community (one letter must be from the College of Agriculture) by the established deadline. Late or incomplete application packets will not be considered. The employee may be nominated by any employee (faculty or staff). The completed packets will be evaluated by the Diversity Awards Committee through a confidential process. The Dean will have the final approval.
The winner will receive $2000 cash award and a plaque recognizing this accomplishment. The award is taxable according to IRS guidelines.
Presentation of award:
The college will announce the winner in December and the plaque presented at the annual College of Agriculture award program.