Auburn University seeks nominations for inaugural Inclusive Excellence and Diversity awards

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Auburn University's Office of Inclusion and Diversity is seeking nominations for its inaugural University Awards for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. The awards celebrate exceptional contributions that will help advance the work of diversity and enhance a culture of inclusion at Auburn.

"As we seek to establish diversity as a core value at Auburn University, these awards will recognize those individuals who are leading the way in building unity, equity and inclusion at our university and in our community," said Taffye Benson Clayton, associate provost and vice president for inclusion and diversity.

Award categories include faculty, staff, undergraduate student, graduate or professional student, interdisciplinary collaboration, student organization, alumni and community member or organization.

Winners will have a demonstrated record of developing and implementing effective methods in support of institutional diversity and inclusion and possess practical knowledge of cultural intelligence and humility. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony Thursday, April 18, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Nominations can be submitted online at The deadline to submit a nomination is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 15.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.