Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award

Nominations are closed for the 2024 award.

Recipients will be notified in late May.


Award Description

The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award is awarded to a member of the Oregon State University community who actively promotes and enhances diversity, equity and inclusion. The awardee contributes to and advances the mission of OSU through consistent and sustained efforts to improve opportunities for the diverse communities we serve. The recipient is awarded a $1,000 honorarium.

Nominees are retained in a consideration pool for three years, beginning with their initial year of nomination. 


Nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria:  

  • Current employee of Oregon State University, OSU Foundation & Alumni Association, or INTO OSU.  

Award Considerations

  • Cumulative achievements: Direct and significant impact in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Oregon State University over a sustained period of time.  

  • Scope and impact: Contributions and achievements significantly advance OSU’s goal to rapidly advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence in all that it does. 

  • Advances University Priorities: Demonstrated achievements and contributions to OSU that advance Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan and or The Diversity Action Plan.  

Examples of Merit 

Nominations will be evaluated on the evidence of a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, including going above and beyond the nominee’s position description. Evidence may include the following: 

  • Actively enhanced the recruitment of minoritized students and faculty 

  • Worked to improve the retention of minoritized students and faculty   

  • Engaged in innovative curriculum and program development across communities of difference 

  • Advanced diversity, equity and inclusion through academic research and scholarship 

  • Developed experiential or immersive learning that expands consciousness and responsibility related to social justice 

  • Pursued grants that advance diversity, equity and inclusion 

  • Advised individual students, student organizations and/or created pathways to success 

  • Initiated outreach, engagement or programs that advance goals of diversity, equity and inclusion 

Nomination Process

The nominator shall upload all of the following items through the Qualtrics nomination form:   

  1. A statement from the nominator not exceeding two single-sided pages using 12pt font and 1” margins summarizing why the nominee should be selected for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award. Please address the award criteria in the statement. 

  2. Two letters of support from community members internal to OSU (e.g., students, faculty, staff, volunteers), or external to OSU (e.g., community organizations, professional organizations). Please be certain the letters of support address the award criteria. 

  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae OR a professional resume highlighting the above criteria. 

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Office of Institutional Diversity Awards Committee. Committee recommendations will be made based on nomination information submitted.  


Nominations are closed for the 2024 award. Recipients will be notified in late May.  

 For further information, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, [email protected].  

Previous Award Recipients