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Award Description

Diversity and inclusion are inextricably linked to UCSF's mission of patient care, research and education, and UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees are actively engaged in efforts to promote equity and inclusion in multiple local, regional and global settings. Each year this award recognizes and honors three individuals at UCSF—one faculty, one staff, one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service in furthering the goal of enhancing accessibility of the physical, social, educational, clinical, administrative and virtual environment while promoting accommodation and full inclusion of people with disabilities within the UCSF community, beyond the scope of their job, area of research, or training.

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination

Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a UCSF academic or staff employee (with a minimum 50% appointment), or a student, a resident, or a postdoctoral scholar at the time of nomination. (Questions regarding academic status, employment, and enrollment eligibility can be answered by Human Resources or Student Academic Affairs prior to submitting a nomination).
  • Have not previously received a Diversity Award from any of the four categories.
  • Have exhibited and sustained efforts toward engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion as delineated below in the "Selection Criteria.”
  • Endorsements from the supervisor and department head of the nominee.
  • We encourage individual nominations, not groups.

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated per the following criteria:

Base of Operations—demonstrates emerging or sustained commitment to achieving awareness and equity for people with disabilities within the UCSF community proportionate to their capacity to do so. (Some employees in higher level positions/jobs may have a greater capacity to perform this service more visibly than those in lower level positions).

Scope & Effort—demonstrates exceptional efforts beyond the scope of the nominee’s job, research or training in promoting an environment that is fully accessible and free of bias and discrimination and advances goals of awareness and full inclusion for people with disabilities within the UCSF community.

Impact—demonstrates that their efforts for achieving awareness and equity for those with disabilities within the UCSF community have resulted in long-term benefits to recipients and community at large or are a potential model for the establishment of other programs or activities.

2019 Nomination Period & Required Materials

Nomination period: March 11 – April 12

Required materials:
All required materials must be submitted by the deadline, April 12 for the nomination to be considered.

  1. One Nomination Form – to be completed by the nominator with basic information about the nominee, nominator, and supporter. Plus, confirmation of endorsements from the nominee's supervisor and department head.
  2. One Nomination Letter Form – to be completed by the nominator citing specific examples of the nominee's contributions as related to the "Selection Criteria".
  3. Up to two Support Letters Forms – to be completed by the supporters seconding the nomination to the nominee’s contributions as related to the “Selection Criteria”.

Note: The Selection Committee can only review one nomination letter and a maximum of two support letters. Please do not submit more than what is required. Additional materials submitted may not be considered.

Submission of Materials

All materials must be submitted via the forms provided. We do not accept other formats such as emails or letters. We recommend using the following steps in completing the nomination and support letters:

  1. Review the form you will use.
  2. Write and save the letter in a Word document. Be sure to include an opening and closing statement and the three selection criteria.
  3. Copy and paste the letter content to the form.

Please email your questions to [email protected].

Submissions are due no later than Friday, April 12, 2019.