2014-15 Award Recipients

The Board of Regents Diversity Award recognizes 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.  In recognizing the exceptional impact these change agents have on university life, this award affirms the University of Wisconsin System’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and excellence.

UW institutions may submit one nomination per category for a maximum of three nominations per institution.  Institutions are free to follow their own process for nominations insofar as they submit the appropriate materials and documentation.  Each nomination must provide evidence of outcomes and impacts on the eligible population(s). The award 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.

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 February UW System Board of Regents meeting.

The deadline for submitting application materials is in the fall of each year.

Winners of Regents Diversity Awards


The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents presented the 7th Annual Regents’ Diversity Awards on Feb. 6 at Union South, UW-Madison.  Each winner receives funding to support professional development or to continue the program being honored. 

News Summary

Board of Regents Diversity Awards

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Past Recipients

Award Guidelines

Selection Criteria

Cover Letter from David J. Ward,
Interim Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Nomination Information 2014-15