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.

2020 Regents Diversity Awards Nominations

Submission Deadline: November 7, 2019

The 2020 Regents Diversity Awards are expected to be presented at the February 7, 2020, meeting of the Board of Regents at UW-Madison.

Click below to review the guidelines and selection criteria or submit nomination materials.

Diversity Awards Nominations

Recent Diversity Award Recipients

2019

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honored the 2019 recipients of the Regents Diversity Awards at its meeting on February 4, 2019 at UW-Madison.

The 2019 recipients include one individual and two teams:

  • Dennis K. Beale, Jr., Assistant Director, Blugold Beginnings, UW-Eau Claire
  • Food Center and Pantry, UW-Milwaukee
  • Titan Advantage Program (TAP), UW-Oshkosh

News release: Regents’ 2019 Diversity Awards recipients announced – Educators in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, and Oshkosh recognized for work to support student success.

Photo of Dennis K. Beale Jr., recipient of the Board of Regents' 2019 Diversity Award in the individual category

Dennis K. Beale, Jr.

Assistant Director, Blugold Beginnings, UW-Eau Claire

Profile of Dennis K. Beale Jr. pdf

Photo of Quincy Kissack, assistant director of Student Associate Professional Staff at UW-Milwaukee, receiving a UW Board of Regents Diversity Award on behalf of the UW-M Food Center and Pantry at the UW System Board of Regents meeting hosted at Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

Food Center and Pantry

UW-Milwaukee

Profile of UW-Milwaukee's Food Center and Pantry pdf

Photo of Sylvia Carey-Butler, associate vice chancellor of academic support of inclusive excellence at UW-Oshkosh, receiving a UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award on behalf of the Titan Advantage Program at UW-Oshkosh during the UW System Board of Regents meeting hosted at Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

Titan Advantage Program

UW-Oshkosh

Profile of UW-Oshkosh's Titan Advantage Program pdf