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.
Recipients will receive their award alongside the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards at the annual University Excellence Awards ceremony held on April 18, 2019.
Faculty and Staff – Two awards will be given. One award of $1,000 will recognize any individual faculty/staff member. Another award of $1,000 per person (up to $5,000) will recognize a group of 10 or fewer faculty and/or staff members from any office across the university.
Students – Two awards will be given. One $500 award will recognize an individual student. Another $500 award will recognize a group of students (10 members or fewer).
All award amounts are listed before taxes.
All accomplishments by the nominees should have taken place, or culminated, within the past three academic years (2016-2017 through 2018-2019).
Student nominees must be in good academic standing with the university.
Mid-Sept. 2018: Call for nominations
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS
Feb./Mar. 2019: Award selection committees review nominations and determine recipients
Mar./April 2019: Award recipients are notified
Thursday, April 18, 2019: Award recipients are formally recognized at the University Excellence Awards Ceremony
A Diversity Award review committee will focus on this award and be composed of a diverse group of faculty, staff and students, many of which are previous recipients of the award. The nomination packet for this award will consist of only the following:
Faculty/Staff Nomination Packet materials should be submitted electrically to DiversityAwards@utsa.edu no later than Friday, January 25, 2019.
Student Nominations should be submitted via RowdyLink.
The PDDA Student Individual and Group Award recipients should display some or all of the following characteristics:
The PDDA Faculty/Staff Individual and Group Award recipients should display some or all of the following characteristics:
The following serve as examples of information to include in the nomination form and letter of support:
Taylor Waits (Student Recipient)
Kathleen Carter-Stiggers (Staff Recipient)
Sara DeTurk (Faculty Recipient)
Black Faculty & Staff Association: Wanda Guntz, Brian Kelley, Sonja Lanehart, Michelle Skidmore, Yolanda Williams
Sanah Jivani (Student Recipient)
Bilingual Education Student Organization: Leslie Hernandez, Marina Lopez, Melba Ochoa, Marisol Reyes, Natalia Salto, Vanessa Torres, Julissa Vera (Student Group Recipient)
Kelly Nash, College of Sciences (F/S Recipient)
Institute of Texan Cultures (F/S Group Recipient)
Francis Garner (Student Recipient)
Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Women’s Studies Institute, College of Liberal and Fine Arts (F/S Recipient)
African American Studies Symposium Committee: Rhonda Gonzales, Sonja L. Lanehart, Joycelyn K. Moody, Scott Sherer, Deborah Thomas (F/S Group Recipient)
Diego Mancha (Student Recipient)
Feminist@s Unite: Megan Michelle Moran, Gemetria Williams, Solae Villarreal, Natasha Villalobos (Student Group Recipient)
Mimi Yu, East Asia Institute (Faculty/Staff Recipient)
TEAM: Teacher Education Autism Model Center: Lee Mason, Alonzo Andrews, Jennifer Alaniz, Melissa Kaplan, Vanessa Cox, Vanessa Gutierrez, Victoria Escobedo, Katherine Golden, Lauren Ortega, Laura Joann (F/S Group Recipient)
Hannah Beck (Student Recipient)
Mexican American Student Organization: Jose Mario Castillo, Carla Martinez, Ezekiel Perez, Leo Trevino (Student Group Recipient)
Gail Taylor, MBRS-RISE and MARC U*STAR, Center for Research and Training in the Sciences (F/S Recipient)
Tomás Rivera Center: Leticia Duncan-Brosnan, Margaret Floyd, Lisa Johns, Cynthia McCowen (F/S Group Recipient)
Jenna Burns (Student Recipient)
Victoria Garrett (Student Recipient)
Ann Eisenberg, Honors College (F/S Recipient)
Women's Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy: Marietta (Em) De la Rosa, Ann Eisenberg, Marcheta Evans, Rhonda Gonzales, Raquel Marquez (F/S Group Recipient)
Charles Miles (Student Recipient)
Joycelyn Moody, College of Liberal and Fine Arts (F/S Recipient)
Academy for Teacher Excellence: Lorena Claeys, Ellen Riojas Clark, Belinda Bustos Flores, Lucretia Fraga, Norma Guerra, Maria Kaylor, Mary Riedel, Betty Travis (F/S Group Recipient)