Diversity Award

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Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

University of Minnesota - College of Veterinary Medicine

This award is dedicated to those who are committed to developing the capacity of the college to celebrate, support and realize the value of diversity and inclusion in our community and among our partners.

The college defines diversity as human difference that impacts how we interact with one another, communities, institutions and ourselves. Diversity matters as we strive to develop and respect human potential, create a supportive, nurturing climate, and acknowledge legal and moral responsibilities to historical inequalities.

Diversity includes but is not limited to people of color (under-represented groups and new populations), people with both visible and invisible disabilities, people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions, and first generation students of economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We also address issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status.

Nomination form

Submit your nomination by completing the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award form. The form includes a list to select from of ways the nominated party exhibits diversity and inclusion values in their daily work as well as an open field to further explain the reason for your nomination. 

Award details

Award amount

Award amount

A stipend of $1,000 each for a faculty, staff and student, and a commemorative plaque each. (The awards will only be given if nomination materials warrant it.)

Who is eligible?

Who is eligible?

There is one award for an individual or group from faculty at all ranks, one award for an individual or group from staff, and one award for an individual student or a combination thereof in the College. If a group is recognized, the award will be shared between the nominated recipients.

Nominee(s) must be currently employed by the College (at least 75%) or be a student in good standing. An individual or group may receive the award only once in three years. Any aspect of the work of the College may be recognized: operations, staffing, programs, audiences, research, volunteers, etc. The award may recognize risks involved and outstanding efforts, although, outcomes are as of yet unrealized. This must be in addition to regularly assigned duties.

Who can submit a nomination?

Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations may be made only by University of Minnesota employees or non-University collaborating partners directly engaged in College collaborations, and only on behalf of a colleague or a group.

Are renominations accepted?

Are renominations accepted?

Yes, nominators from previous years must submit updated materials, including updated references. A confidential list of nominees is kept in the award’s records.

How are the winners selected?

How are the winners selected?

The CVM Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (comprised of faculty, staff and students) shall select recipients. The committee may select only one recipient from each category for this award. Potential diversity committee member nominees may not serve on the award selection process.

For questions, please contact Sara Penn at pennx012@umn.edu.