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.

2024 Regents Diversity Awards Nominations

Submission Deadline: October 13, 2023

The 2024 Regents Diversity Awards are expected to be presented at the February 8-9, 2024 Board of Regents meeting.

Review Guidelines & Submit Nominations

Recent Diversity Award Recipients

2023

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honored the 2023 recipients of the Regents Diversity Awards at its meeting on February 10, 2023 at UW-Madison.

The 2023 recipients include one individual and two teams:

  • Rickie-Ann Legleitner, Interim Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UW-Stout
  • Lori Kido Lopez, Professor of Communication Arts and Director of Asian American Studies Program, UW-Madison
  • Upward Bound Program, UW-River Falls

News release: UW System Board of Regents announces 2023 Diversity Awards

Photo of Dr. Rickie-Ann Legleitner, Board of Regents 2023 Diversity Award recipient

Dr. Rickie-Ann Legleitner

Interim Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UW-Stout

Profile of Dr. Rickie-Ann Legleitner pdf

Photo of Dr. Lori Kido Lopez, Board of Regents 2023 Diversity Award recipient

Dr. Lori Kido Lopez

Professor of Communication Arts and Director of Asian American Studies Program, UW-Madison

Profile of Dr. Lori Kido Lopez pdf

Photo of UW-River Falls TRIO Upward Bound program, recipient of Board of Regents 2023 Diversity Award, Graduating Class of 2022

Upward Bound Program

UW-River Falls

Profile of Upward Bound Program, UW-River Falls pdf