Diversity Award Nominations Open

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Event Description: 

Diversity Award

Number of Awards: up to 3 | Monetary Award: $1,000

Purpose: This award recognizes the significant achievements of staff members who are active in increasing awareness and education of diversity and inclusion; who take positive steps to create a culture and climate of respect and inclusion for diversity in the workplace and; who value the differences and work to create a more inclusive workplace. Recipients receive an engraved and monetary award.

Nominations will open Wednesday, October 4 and close November 15. Awards will be given at the Staff Appreciation Luncheon at the end of March. The Diversity Award information/nomination form can be found at https://president.unt.edu/staff-appreciation-awards/diversity-award.


  • Must be a staff member in a UNT retirement-eligible position for at least 6 consecutive months.
  • Staff member must hold a position lower than the level of Vice President/President.
  • No formal disciplinary action within 12 months prior to the nomination date.
  • Has a 'good' performance rating (no less than 2.5) on most recent performance evaluation.
  • May not have received the award within the previous 3 years.



  • Demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.
  • Placed special emphasis on underrepresented groups to include, but not limited to, race or nationality, gender, LGBTA, culture, learning or physically challenged, belief, socioeconomic status, and more.
  • Created and/or promoted training, education, outreach, leadership, and/or program opportunities to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Raised awareness or improved services that promote diversity, directly benefiting faculty, staff, or students.


Selection Process:

  • Nominated by any UNT employee or student. Staff, faculty, students, peers, supervisors and external customers may nominate.
  • Approved by the direct supervisor and department head/Dean, Vice President or President (where applicable).
  • Eligibility verified by Human Resources.
  • All nominations reviewed by the Staff Awards and Recognition Committee and top 10 recommendations are submitted to the President.
  • Final recipient selections made by President.


Examples could include:

  • Employee collaborates with others across different areas to ensure a department with a high number of Spanish speaking employees receives work related information in Spanish.
  • Sponsors a student organization centered on underrepresented groups. Actively works with the group on various activities and helps increase awareness, educate others and increases inclusion. Mentors others.
  • Employee makes significant efforts to assist University members impacted by the DACA ruling.