The Excellence in Diversity Awards
Call for Nominations
The Excellence in Diversity Awards program recognizes and honors university community members for exceptional commitment to diversity at Texas State University by promoting the university’s diversity goals. The Diversity Awards program will bestow three diversity awards this year including one individual faculty member award, one individual staff member award, and one team award. At the annual University Convocation each individual award recipient and the selected team award recipient will be presented with $2,500 (less taxes) monetary award and a plaque honoring their commitment to diversity.
The selection committee uses the following criteria to select recipients for the awards (see attached criteria below for examples):
- Nominee’s critical support that assists diversity efforts with our faculty, staff or students. Note: if the nominees’ primary job duties are related to diversity, the selection committee will consider ONLY those activities BEYOND the normal scope of their duties.
- Examples of activities from past award recipients include new and/or innovative programs of inclusion or diversity, community service activities, new or creative curriculum approaches, etc.
- Nominee’s sustained commitment to diversity through research, programs, services, activities, new initiatives, etc. Note: if the nominees’ primary job duties are related to diversity, the selection committee will consider ONLY those activities BEYOND the normal scope of their duties.
- Examples of activities from past award recipients include a history of community involvement in activities related to diversity, a pattern of service going above and beyond to serve as a champion of the Texas State diversity initiative, etc.
- Nominee’s commitment to university values as reflected by a record of compliance with university policies.
The documentation, which accompanies each Excellence in Diversity Nomination Form (attached below) should include the following:
- Completed nomination form which includes reasons for the nomination, the period over which the activities have occurred, and addresses the selection criteria.
- A brief professional sketch that includes the nominee’s present position and position description of the individual nominee or, if nominating a team, a brief professional sketch of each team member. (Please do not submit a full vita or resume.)
- Letters of support from colleagues, co-workers, and students (recommend no more than a total of three). Self-nominations must include at least one letter of recommendation.
Recommendations to nominate a team, a faculty member, and/or a staff member, including self-nomination recommendations, must be submitted to the Office of Equity and Access, J.C. Kellam Building, room 164 by the due date published each year.
For more information about the nomination process or the form (attached) please call the Office of Equity and Access at (512) 245-2539.
Thank you for your participation in this effort to honor and recognize the importance of diversity as part of our university’s goals.
Texas State University Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Gilda Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer and
Director of Equity and Access
J.C. Kellam, Room 164
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Office of Equity and Access
Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. We are proud to reflect the various backgrounds found in our great state of Texas. The office of Equity and Access is committed to enriching Texas State’s learning and working environments by attracting and supporting a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body; one in which each person is valued equally and celebrated for their contributions.
"The most universal quality is diversity.” -Michel de Montaigne
1 justice according to natural law or right ; specifically : freedom from bias or favoritism
2 a: permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing b: freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something c: a way or means of access
Diversity \də-vər-sə-tē, dī-\–noun
1: the condition of being diverse : variety ; especially : the inclusion of diverse people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools>
The 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards
The 2015 Excellence in Diversity Faculty Award recipient is Dr. Roque Mendez, Department of Psychology.
The 2015 Excellence in Diversity Staff Award recipient is Ms. Jonnie Wilson, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.
The 2015 Excellence in Diversity Team Award recipients are Ms. Alba Melgar and Ms. Gloria Velasquez, Department of Modern Languages.
These awards are given annually to one faculty member, one staff member, and one team who provide exceptional commitment to diversity at Texas State University by promoting the university's diversity goals.