Call for nominations for Inclusive Excellence Champion Award

The Inclusive Excellence Champion Award (formerly DEI Champion Award) honors and showcases people who have made outstanding contributions to increasing a sense of belonging and inclusion at UWM. All current faculty and staff members are eligible. One award of $1,500 (pre-tax) will be made to an individual through a payment processed by UWM’s payroll unit.

Nominations of individuals who have established a successful record in promoting greater belonging, access and inclusion for faculty, staff and students are encouraged. Each nomination must provide evidence of outcomes and impacts, disaggregating data where appropriate. To be considered for the Inclusive Excellence Champion Award, the individual must show strong evidence of engagement in projects/efforts that:

  • Support historically minoritized groups through mentoring, support networks, internship and professional development;
  • Implement steps toward fostering diversity in the workplace that maximize the potential of all people;
  • Bring a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values and beliefs as assets to a program/department; and
  • Address key areas such as recruitment, retention, campus/department climate, research, clinical practice or community outreach.
  • Any UWM employee or student may nominate individuals for this award.

The nominator must gather these materials:

  • A completed nomination form
  • Two letters of support (limit two-page, single-spaced per letter) that includes first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions
  • An abbreviated resume/CV (limit two-page, single-spaced)

Nomination materials should be combined into one PDF file and emailed to Chia Youyee Vang, vice chancellor for DEI, at, by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30.

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