Inclusive Excellence Awards: FAQs and Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can nominate?

Current University of Arizona employees and students. Self-nominations are accepted.

Who is eligible for this award?

Current UA staff, faculty and students. Past recipients of an Inclusive Excellence Award or Richard Ruiz Faculty Award are ineligible for future nomination.

What are the nomination criteria?

Nominees (individual, team or unit/organization) must have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive UA community through the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives and/or programs in one or more of the following areas:

  • Embedding diversity and inclusiveness into a structural/institutional aspect of the UA (e.g., policy, procedure, tradition, vision statement, curriculum, etc.)
  • Recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty, staff or student body
  • Fostering equality of opportunity within our campus community
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives on our campus
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive campus climate through efforts such as visibility, communication and education
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence at the UA

How do I nominate a person, team or organization?

Complete the online nomination form. Include a letter of nomination and two letters of support.

What is important to include in my nomination letter?

Your nomination letter should not exceed more than three pages. Vitaes or resumes may not be submitted in lieu of a nomination letter. Your nomination letter must also provide specific examples to substantiate the nominee’s contribution to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Embedding diversity and inclusiveness into a structural/institutional aspect of the UA (e.g., policy, procedure, tradition, vision statement, curriculum, etc.)
  • Recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty, staff or student body
  • Fostering equality of opportunity within our campus community
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives on our campus
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive campus climate through efforts such as visibility, communication and education
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence at the UA

What should I know about letters of support?

Letters should not exceed two pages. You must submit two letters of support (and only two letters). Support letters should include evidence which substantiates the nominee’s contributions to one or more of the criteria listed above.

Where do I submit my nomination?

Use the online submission form. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on March 17, 2020.

Nomination Categories

There are four categories, and you may nominate candidates in multiple categories.

Student Award

Individual Student or Student Clubs/Organizations

  • Students must be currently enrolled as UA undergraduate or graduate students at the time of their nomination.
  • Student clubs or organizations must be currently recognized by the university.

Staff Award

Individual Staff or Department Staff, Staff Team, or Staff Organization

  • Staff must be current UA employees at the time of their nomination.
  • Staff teams composed of staff who are in the same unit or across units.

Academic Program Award

Faculty Teams, Academic Unit/Program, or Academic Program

  • Faculty teams consist of interdisciplinary faculty teams or teams composed of faculty who are not within the same unit or organization.
  • Academic units may be colleges, departments or other organizational units.
  • Academic programs may be programs housed within larger units.

Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award

Individual Faculty Member

  • Faculty must be current UA employees at the time of their nomination.

Deadline

The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2020.

Incomplete nominations will not be considered. 

If you have questions, you may contact Laura Hunter at lahunter@arizona.edu.