Watch the 2019 recipient introduction videos for this award, and explore award recipients in previous years.

Because of the current COVID-19 public health crisis, the 2020 Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Award Description

Diversity, equity and inclusion are inextricably linked to UCSF's mission of education, research and patient care, and UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees are actively engaged in 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 to the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion 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.
  • Have either an S-series (S1-S2) or M-series (M1-M4) classification but do not hold the title of assistant or associate vice chancellor or equivalent VP or Executive VP title in UCSF Health.
  • 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.

NOTE: Questions regarding classification, employment, and enrollment eligibility can be answered by Human Resources or Student Academic Affairs prior to submitting a nomination.

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated per the following criteria:

Base of Operations—demonstrates emerging or sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts 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 the accomplishment of promoting an environment that is free of bias and discrimination and advances goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Impact—demonstrates that their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts have resulted in long-term benefits to recipients and community at large or a potential model for the establishment of other programs or activities.

2020 Nomination Period & Required Materials

Nomination period: TBD

Required materials:
The following forms are required to be submitted for the nomination. The forms will be available when the nomination period begins.
  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: support letters may be endorsed by multiple supporters.

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].