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  • Diversity + Inclusion + Engagement

    Diversity + Inclusion + Engagement = Inclusive Excellence

    At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, diversity and inclusion are integral to the achievement of excellence. It is our belief that the incorporation of diversity and inclusion can enhance the university's ability to accomplish our academic mission. Through the implementation of Inclusive Excellence, UW-La Crosse pledges to continue to commit human and financial resources that support an inclusive campus that attracts and retains diverse students, faculty and staff and promotes a dynamic learning environment vital for academic excellence and global citizenship. 

    Studies Show: Inclusive Excellence Makes Everyone Smarter and Happier!

    Solving the complex problems of the modern world works better when we bring a broad range of experiences, perceptions, skills, and knowledge to bear. When we work together across differences with respect for one another and focus on finding the best solution, our solutions are more likely to work. That's why UW-L has adopted Inclusive Excellence.

    UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award 


    The Award

    The campus Diversity Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize institutional change agents who have established a successful record in fostering greater access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations (including African Americans, American Indians, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Southeast Asians), first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged. 

    Up to three   awards of $5,000 each will be made to individuals, programs, and/or institutional units in recognition of their exceptional efforts in fostering greater equity and diversity across their institutions and communities.  The funds for these   awards are designated to support individualized professional development or continuing programmatic activities. Award recipients will be publicly recognized at the UW System Board of Regents meeting in Madison. 


    Nominee Categories

    UW institutions may submit one nomination per category for a maximum of three nominations per institution.  The categories include:

    • Individual - Any individual affiliated with the UW System and its institutions, including but not limited, to faculty, staff, and students.
    • Team - Any joint endeavor or groups operating collaboratively on a program or initiative within the larger institutional community.  Teams are not limited to formal organizational units.
    • Institution/Unit - A   college, academic/support department, or student, faculty, or staff organization recognized as a bona-fide group within an institution.


    Selection Criteria

    The Board of Regents will select the award recipients based on one or more of the following criteria:

    1. Sustainableimpact on   institutional change in the areas of equity and diversity.
    2. Accountability through   assessment that points to positive measurable outcomes.
    3. Intersections across multiple dimensions of diversity.
    4. Collaborations with other units, departments, or communities, both within the institution and beyond.

    In addition, the following focus areas serve as a guide in identifying the types of exemplary efforts

    Nomination Materials

    To begin the nomination process please complete the Board of Regents Diversity Award Nomination Form.

    Nominations are due by September 15, 2014 and should be submitted electronically to Barbara Stewart, Associate Dean of Campus Climate & Diversity More information about this award can be found at If you have questions, please call 785-5097.


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