Inclusive excellence award added to fall ceremony

A new award honoring individuals who've advanced diversity and inclusion at Iowa State will be part of next fall's university awards ceremony.

The Award for Inclusive Excellence will go annually to up to two individuals (one faculty and one professional and scientific staff member) who make special efforts beyond their usual job responsibilities to promote diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and in the community. Awardees receive $1,500 each.

"Anyone who is striving to positively impact the campus by involvement in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is a good candidate for this award," said Nicci Port, project director in the office of the vice president for diversity and inclusion. "This could include those who promote inclusion by serving on university committees, working with student organizations or leading efforts to impact the experience for diverse faculty and staff."

How to nominate

Any ISU faculty or staff member can nominate someone for the award. (Many faculty and staff awards must be submitted through colleges, but this award does not require college-level vetting.) Nominations must be submitted to the office of the senior vice president and provost by Feb. 10. Next year's awards ceremony, generally held in September, has not been set. 

The new award was developed by the offices of the vice president for diversity and inclusion and the senior vice president and provost.