Up to three $5,000 awards are given to individuals, teams, or units from UW System institutions in recognition of institutional change agents that foster access and success for historically underrepresented populations. The Regents Diversity Awards are administered by the systemwide Office for Academic and Student Affairs.

Diversity Award Recipients


January 27, 2017 Winners of Regents’ Diversity Awards announced

See a summary of the awards event and more photos.

Cyndi Kernahan, Regent Eve Hall, and Regent President Regina Millner

Cyndi Kernahan with Regent Eve Hall and Regent President Regina Millner (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Cyndi Kernahan

Individual Category

Psychology Professor and Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Angela Miller with Regent Tim Higgins and Regent President Millner (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Angela Miller

Individual Category

Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Members of the Blugold Beginnings Team with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt (Photo by Aaron Collins)

Blugold Beginnings, UW-Eau Claire

Team Category


Chia Vang makes her acceptance remarks

Chia Youyee Vang

Individual Category

Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Members of UW-Stout’s Multicultural Student Services accompanied by President Ray Cross (second from left in back), Regent President Regina Millner (second from right), and Regent Drew Petersen (right). (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Multicultural Student Services

Institution/Unit Category

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Members of UW-Extension’s and UW Colleges’ 4-H SySTEMatics Program, accompanied by Regent José Vásquez, Regent President Regina Millner, and President Ray Cross (second, third, and fifth from right, respectively). (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

4-H SySTEMatics Program, UW-Extension, with UW Colleges

Team Category


Erik R. Brodt (right) and Regent Edmund Manydeeds

Erik R. Brodt (right) receives award from Regent Edmund Manydeeds

Erik R. Brodt

Individual Category

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Victor M. Macias-Gonzalez (left) and Student Regent Anicka Purath

Victor M. Macías-González (left) receives award from Regent Anicka Purath

Victor M. Macías-González

Individual Category

Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Catherine Chan (left), director of the Undergraduate Research Program at UW-Whitewater, and Regent Tony Evers

Catherine Chan (left), director of the Undergraduate Research Program at UW-Whitewater, accepts the award on behalf of RAP from Regent Tony Evers

Members of the UW-Whitewater Research Apprenticeship Program

Members of the Undergraduate Research Program at UW-Whitewater

Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP), UW-Whitewater

Institution or Unit Category


Regent Tracy Hribar with Dr. Roger Haro

Regent Tracy Hribar (left) and Dr. Roger Haro (right)

Roger Haro

Individual Category

Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Regent Edmund Manydeeds with Dr. Brett Carlton Woods

Regent Edmund Manydeeds (left) and Dr. Brett Carlton Woods (right)

Brett Carlton Woods

Individual Category

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

UW-Madison PEOPLE Program

UW-Madison PEOPLE Program Edit Members of the UW-Madison PEOPLE program, including Executive Director Jacqueline DeWalt (with award right) and Regent José Vásquez (with award left). UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is pictured at far right. (Photos by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), UW-Madison

Team Category


Angela Bauer and Regent Tracy Hribar

(from left) Angela Bauer and Regent Tracy Hribar

Angela Bauer

Individual Category

Professor of Human Biology and Special Assistant to the Provost

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Regent José Vásquez with Douglass Henderson

(from left) Douglass Henderson and Regent José Vásquez

Douglass Henderson

Individual Category

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Regent Ed Manydeeds with Samantha Samreth

(from left) Director Samantha Samreth and Regent Ed Manydeeds

McNair Scholars Program, UW-Whitewater

Team Category