The Equity & Inclusion Award

The Equity and Inclusion Award is presented to an individual, campus/community program or service who or which has demonstrated creativity, innovation, and success in making a significant contribution and impact in the area of multicultural understanding and appreciation. The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts addressing cultural diversity issues in higher education.

The selection criteria for the Equity and Inclusion Award are as follows:

  • Addresses a specific campus, community or organizational equity and inclusion need or issue.
  • Contributes to addressing student and/or campus equity and inclusion need(s) or issue(s).
  • Seeks to promote understanding and responsiveness to equity and inclusion issues.
  • Encourages student, faculty, staff, alumni and/or community involvement.
  • Enhances the appreciation of equity and inclusion as a way of life on the college or university campus.
  • Sustains activities and programs that promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness for all students.

Past Honorees


Indianola After School Project, Otterbein University


Dr. Rebecca Parker, The Ohio State University


Intro to Student Affairs, Kent State University




Friendly Town, Ashland University




MLK, Jr. Day of Learning, Capitol University



2003 The Tunnel of Oppression, Wright State University
2004 Racial Awareness Program (RAPP), University of Cincinnati
2005 N/A
2006 President Jack Calareso and the President's Task Force on Multiculturalism, Ohio Dominican University
2008-2011 N/A
2011 D-L Stewart, Bowling Green State University
2012 Vorley Taylor, The Ohio State University - Newark & COTC
2014-2015 N/A
2015 Preferred Name Policy, Ohio University
2016 Adan Hussain, The Ohio State University
2017 Diversity 360, Case Western Reserve University
2018 Sally Leber, Ohio Wesleyan University
2019 Bill Fischer for the Chosen Name Policy, University of Dayton
2020 Tamika Williams, Ohio University
2020 For a Better Case Western Reserve University Task Force