Student, Staff, Faculty and Program Nominations for Inclusive Excellence Awards

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Student, Staff, Faculty and Program Nominations for Inclusive Excellence Awards

Jesús Treviño, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Senior Diversity Officer; Laura Hunter, Associate Diversity Officer
February 15, 2017

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Awards is Feb. 28.

The annual Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Awards were established to recognize students, staff and programs that enhance the UA through their inclusive programming and leadership. Award nominees who are selected have made a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive community (e.g., by gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age, veteran status, religion, etc.) through one or more of the following:

  • Embedding diversity and inclusiveness into a structural/institutional aspect of the UA (e.g., policy, procedure, tradition, vision statement, curriculum, etc.)
  • Recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty, staff or student body
  • Fostering equality of opportunity within our campus community
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives and intergroup interaction on our campus
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive campus climate through efforts such as visibility, communication and education
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence at the University of Arizona

In 2015, a new faculty award was created: the Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award. This award honors Professor Richard Ruiz's many contributions to making the University of Arizona a better, more inclusive campus. In fact, he was awarded the Inclusive Excellence Award in 2009 for his tireless work supporting and advocating for diversity and cross-cultural understanding. Reflecting upon Professor Ruiz's decades of contributions to diversity leadership, former President Peter Likins praised his "exceptional. . . devotion to the UA diversity programs and their underlying values."

To better recognize and support diversity efforts across campus, all awards come with a $500 honorarium.

The deadline is Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Information on the application guidelines can be found at

Awards recipients will be honored during a special reception on March 30 with Provost Andrew Comrie and Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Jesús Treviño.

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