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Provost's Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requests nominations for the Provost's Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program.  


The overall purpose of this award is to recognize an individual faculty member or group of faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion at DePaul.  

The award is announced at the University Convocation each autumn.  Awardees receive a plaque​ and a taxable stipend of $2000 (group awardees share the stipend equally).


All full-time and part-time faculty at DePaul University are eligible for the award.  The selection committee will bestow one award each year but may increase or decrease the number of awards in any given year depending on the pool of nominees.  A faculty member who receives a Provost's Excellence Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion may not be selected again in the five years immediately following.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include:

  • The Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • College Level Diversity Advocates (diversity advocates from a nominee's college must recuse themselves from voting).​​

Selection Criteria

The following will be used to select awardees:

  • The level of impact of the nominee's contribution for the campus community.
  • The relative merit of the contribution to a critical area of campus diversity, equity, or inclusion.
  • The length/duration of contribution.
  • The potential of the award to model exemplary practices for others.

Examples of Activities

Examples of exemplary activities include but are not limited to:​

  • Innovative initiatives for increasing the pool of diverse faculty, staff, and students at DePaul.  
  • The creation of engaging programming to foster discussions of racial equity, social justice, cultural inclusion, and related topics.
  • Excellence in building campus-external community relationships that broaden the participation of underrepresented groups.
  • Revamping curricula to feature the scholarship of diverse voices and perspectives.
  • Exemplary scholarship having a major impact on campus diversity, equity, or inclusion.
  • Significant contributions to the success of campus-based outreach efforts.
  • Advocating on behalf of a particular cause or group.
  • Working to change policy and processes to promote greater equity and/or inclusion.

Nomination Instructions and Deadline

To submit a nomination, please email the following documents to the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Valerie Johnson to, by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 3, 2024.

  • Nominee's CV or other biographical summary
  • At least 1, but no more than 3 letters of support
  • Documentation of the achievement.  The documentation of achievement is an overview provided by the nominee(s) of their accomplishments in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at DePaul.  This section should be no more than 2 pages (single-spaced).
Any DePaul faculty or staff may nominate a faculty member for this award.  Self-nominations are also accepted.  Nominees are encouraged to resubmit their nomination materials if they are not selected in the current year.