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President’s Distinguished Diversity Awards

The university encourages an environment of dialogue and discovery where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered. In keeping with UTSA Core Values, the President’s Distinguished Diversity Awards (PDDA) are annual awards that bestow the highest level of recognition to individuals or groups for work that helps the UTSA community think about and practice diversity and inclusion in creative and collaborative ways. The awards especially seek to recognize efforts to engage students in cross-cultural activities to demonstrably extend their knowledge of communities different from their own and/or to enhance their multicultural competence for working with diverse communities at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, and beyond. In this sense, we envision the awards to not simply reflect and encourage service to our diverse community, although doing so is sufficient for nomination. Ideally, the awards will also advance UTSA’s academic mission to produce multiculturally experienced community members who then become the country’s multiculturally skilled and inclusive professionals and leaders.

Nomination Information for the 2018 Diversity Awards

Categories

Faculty and Staff – Two awards of up to $1000 will be given. One award will recognize any individual faculty/staff member and another award will recognize a group (10 members or fewer) comprised of any combination of individuals (faculty and/or staff), academic department, unit, or office.

Students – Two awards of up to $500 will be given. One award will recognize an individual student, while another award will recognize a group of students (10 members or fewer).

All award amounts are listed before taxes. Winners will receive their award alongside the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards at the annual University Excellence Awards ceremony held on April 19, 2018.

Nomination Packet Information

The selection committee requires a Nomination Packet for consideration for this award.
Complete Nomination Packet includes:
(1) Nomination Form
(2) Nomination Statement (minimum 1 page, maximum 5 pages)
(3) One Letter of Support (minimum 1 page, maximum 5 pages)

Please write descriptively for readers who may not be familiar with the work being nominated for consideration. Use Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

Faculty/Staff Nomination Packet materials should be submitted electronically to DiversityAwards@utsa.edu

Student Nominations should be submitted via RowdyLink

Criteria

The PDDA Individual Student/Student Group award recipients should display some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Identified by peers, faculty, staff, or the community as a diversity and inclusion champion, embodying UTSA Core Values.
  • Advocates for diverse populations at the university.
  • Promotes and fosters community by either sharing awareness and understanding of how persons or groups identify or by learning about the value of diversity and inclusion for future collaboration within society.
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders such as faculty, staff, and departments, student organizations on campus and in the community to garner support / cast a wider net for their cause.
  • Creates an environment of equity, social justice, and inclusion for students and groups in the university and larger community.
  • Addresses all of the issues aforementioned with the greater San Antonio community and beyond.

The PDDA Faculty/Staff Individual and Group award recipients should display some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Identified by peers, faculty, staff, or the community as a diversity and inclusion champion, embodying UTSA Core Values.
  • Develops innovative initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion within the university.
  • Serves on programs and activities that promote the development of multicultural understanding and cross-cultural competence.
  • Coordinates and/or implements initiatives that create a supportive/inclusive environment.
  • Creates an environment of equity, social justice, and inclusion for students and groups in the university and larger community.
  • Provides evidence of positive outcomes or impact from their work.
  • Demonstrates connection of diversity and inclusion activities to research and scholarly activities.

The following serve as examples of information to include in the nomination statement/letters:                

  • Incorporates a clear statement of importance of diversity and inclusion in group or department mission statement.
  • Recruits, retains, and serves students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups.
  • Increases the retention and graduation rates of students from underrepresented groups.
  • Provides mentoring/advising for students from underrepresented groups.
  • Provides mentoring for junior faculty and staff from underrepresented groups.
  • Develops and implements learning activities that prepare students for a diverse and global society.
  • Integrates diversity into the curriculum.
  • Supports research, service and scholarships in the area of diversity.
  • Provides opportunities or professional development of faculty, staff and students from underrepresented groups.
  • Develops activities or partnerships with minority-serving institutions, visiting scholars and guest lecturers from underrepresented groups.

Submission and Deadline Information

All accomplishments by the nominees should have taken place, or culminated, within the past three academic years (2015-2016 through 2017-2018).

Do not submit articles, pictures, video tapes, DVDs, or links to online content. These items will not be considered and we cannot ensure that these items will be returned to you. 
 
The Nomination Packet must be submitted in full. Incomplete or late packets will not be considered. Nomination Packets must be received no later than February 5, 2018.

Faculty/Staff Nomination Packet materials should be submitted electronically to
DiversityAwards@utsa.edu

Student Nominations should be submitted via RowdyLink

Email the Office of Academic & Faculty Support at DiversityAwards@utsa.edu or call 458-2700 with any questions.