College of Agricultural Sciences Diversity Commitment Award


To recognize students, staff, and faculty as a team or individuals for outstanding efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion in the college or university that have a significant impact on the college. Presentation of this award will serve to highlight the importance of efforts to recognize equity, inclusion, and civil discourse as core values of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and to acknowledge the importance of diversity to developing solutions that more effectively serve all of humanity.  


One award of $1,000 will be made to individuals; teams will receive $4,000. In addition, recipients will receive a commemorative award. 


The nominees must be staff, faculty, or students majoring in the College of Agricultural Sciences. A team will be defined as two or more people and can exist within a single administrative unit, but more frequently will cross administrative units. 


Evaluations will be based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership in inclusion efforts connected to CAS.
  • Leadership in innovative approaches to inclusion and diversity enhancements.
  • Signals of change or impact that may be resulting from these efforts.
  • Service to the college and university related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Recognition in their discipline.
  • Peer recognition.


In addition to the base nomination materials required for all awards, nomination packets must also include:

  1. Professional resume. If submitting as a team include one for each member of the team.


This award is sponsored through the Dean’s Excellence Fund.

Registry of Award Winners