Award Description

The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award is bestowed upon a member of the Oregon State University community who actively promotes and enhances diversity, equity and inclusion. The awardee contributes to and enhances the environment of OSU through consistent and sustained efforts to improve opportunities for the diverse communities we serve. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 stipend, and a plaque.


Nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Current employee of Oregon State University who has been a part of the Oregon State community as an employee for a minimum of five years.
  • Cumulative achievements with a direct and significant impact in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Oregon State over a minimum of five years.

Award Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated on the evidence of a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Evidence may include the following:

  • Actively enhanced the recruitment of diverse 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 or student organizations and created pathways to success.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by any Oregon State student or employee.

The completed nomination form must contain:*

  1. the completed nomination form;
  2. A letter of nomination, limited to two pages.
  3. The nominee’s vita OR a professional resume highlighting the above criteria.
  4. The nominee's position description indicating the allocation of FTE.

*Note: Please request materials from the nominee or their supervisor if you do not have access.

After deliberation, the Awards Committee may request the following: 

  • documentation of diversity-related activities and effectiveness OR documentation substantiating programmatic diversity achievements not to exceed five single-sided pages using at least 12 font and 1” margins; and
  • no more than three letters of support that shall not exceed two single sided-pages using 12pt font and 1” margins with each letter endorsed by only one individual. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the letters of support, address the award criteria. Letters should be received from the individual’s administrative superior addressing the quality of the nominee’s overall performance; colleagues, students, or others at Oregon State University; or external sources (e.g., national or international endorsements). 

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. Nominees must be an active faculty or staff member of Oregon State University, must have been a member of the OSU community for a minimum of five years, and must have consistently and demonstrably advanced diversity, equity and inclusion. It is necessary to follow the instructions completely or the nomination will not be considered.

If submitted electronically, please also send a hard copy of the nomination form to the Office of Institutional Diversity (instructions below). Nominations will not be considered unless both the electronic and hard copy versions have been received by the Office of Institutional Diversity.


Nomination materials for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award must be received by March 17, 2018. It is necessary to follow the instructions completely or the nomination will not be considered.

Please send all hard copy materials to: Diversity Advocate Award c/o Office of Institutional Diversity, B211 Kerr.