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 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 contribute to OSU’s goal to rapidly advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence in all that it does. 

  • Significant contribution to an area of work: significant contributions to one or more area of work, such as research, teaching, program management, student recruitment or student support.  

  • Advances goals in the OSU Diversity Strategic Plan: Demonstrated achievements and contributions to OSU that advance the OSU Diversity strategic plan, including increasing representation of staff and students, integrating inclusive excellence within all aspects of the university improving campus climate, and enhancing access and success for minoritized groups. 

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 and all nomination materials for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award must be received by April 28, 2023.  

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

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