The purpose of the Regents Diversity Awards 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, Native Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Southeast Asians), first-generation, and/or economically disadvantaged. Established by the Board of Regents during Plan 2008, the award signifies the Board’s commitment to “…achieving educational diversity at all UW System institutions… in order to fully develop advanced human potential, the jobs that employ that potential, and the flourishing of communities that sustain it,” (UW Board of Regents Resolution # 8970).
Up to three awards of $7,500 each will be made to individuals, departments, programs, units and/or teams 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. The awards process is administered by the systemwide Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
2021 Regents Diversity Awards Nominations
Submission Deadline: TBD
The 2021 Regents Diversity Awards are expected to be presented at the February 5, 2021, meeting of the Board of Regents at UW-Madison.
Recent Diversity Award Recipients
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the 2020 recipients of the Regents Diversity Awards at its meeting on February 7, 2020, at UW-Madison.
The 2020 recipients include two individuals and one institution/unit:
- Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, UW-Milwaukee
- Fostering Success, UW-Stout
- Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison
Read the news summary from February 7, 2020
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, UW-Milwaukee
Pictured: (from left) UW-Stout’s Director of Student Support Services Angela Ruppe and Fostering Success program advisor Gail Mentzel
Department of Chemistry
Pictured: Members of the Department of Chemistry Climate and Diversity Committee including: Front row, from left: Desiree Bates, Robert Hamers, Judith Burstyn, Karen Stephens, Kristi Heming, AJ Boydston, and Heike Hofstetter. Back row, from left: Wesley B Swords, Zachary Jones, Silvia Cavagnero, Sam Wood, Matthew Sanders, and Cheri Barta. Not pictured: Andrew Greenberg (Photo by Tatum Lyles Flick/UW-Madison)