The President's Diversity Champion Award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff and students toward developing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive university community.

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Eligibility

Nominations are welcome from any member of the University community. Awards will be given in each of five categories noted below. 

  1. Faculty
  2. Staff
  3. Undergraduate student
  4. Graduate student and Professional student
  5. Student organization

Priority will be given to nominees who were not previous recipients of the President’s Diversity Champion Award.

Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students
  • Nominees must be current students.
  • Exhibited leadership which fosters positive interaction between people of different lifestyles, cultural backgrounds, and identities.
  • Demonstrated dedication to advocating for diversity issues, as well as the diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups.
  • Participated in or facilitated the development of programs to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization, on campus, or throughout the community.
  • Active involvement in organizations that foster diversity awareness.

Faculty and Staff
  • Nominees must be current faculty and staff members.
  • Exhibit leadership which fosters positive interaction between people of different lifestyles, cultural backgrounds, and identities.
  • Demonstrated dedication to advocating for diversity issues, as well as the diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups.
  • Demonstrated exceptional efforts to promote a university environment that is free from bias and discrimination.
  • Active involvement in organizations that foster diversity awareness.

Organization
  • Nominees must be current student organizations.
  • Demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion on campus and within the community.
  • Implemented initiatives that create a supportive environment for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated a consistent pattern of an organizational commitment to the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented populations.

Award Criteria

Award nominations will be evaluated on the following three criteria:

  1. Significance – How does the activity or project the individual/organization engaged in addressing key areas of diversity such as recruitment, retention, campus or departmental climate, community outreach or other campus diversity goals?
  2.  Implementation – How was the activity or project implemented?  What strategies were used?  What sources of funding were used to implement the activity or project?   Projects or activities may be short-term or may have occurred over several years.
  3. Impact – What has been the outcome of the activity or project? For example, has the activity or project, (a) increased understanding or promoted constructive change on issues regarding diversity at UAB, (b) influenced the success of students, staff or faculty of diverse cultural backgrounds, (c) helped to bridge the gap between the university and diverse communities, (d) helped to bring about greater equity in the university community.