DIAP Community Awards

Overview of DIAP

Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (DIAP) “details a set of concrete, achievable actions that will make Brown more fully diverse and inclusive…the strengths of this plan are its concrete actions, inclusive nature, commitment to accountability, and its recognition of the challenges and opportunities of previous efforts toward diversity — efforts that now offer us this moment to effect lasting change.”

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity has responsibility for insuring the goals set forth in the DIAP are achieved. This can only be accomplished by the individual and collective work of those in our community. The creation of the DIAP Community Awards allows us to recognize individuals and departments who are helping to make Brown a more diverse and inclusive community.


Description of Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Community Awards were created to recognize the work of both individuals and departments within the Brown community that have done extraordinary work implementing the University DIAP and/or their Departmental Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DDIAP). It is expected that everyone at Brown will work to make it a place that is welcoming for all. This award seeks to recognize those individuals (faculty, staff and students) and departments (administrative and academic) that have gone above and beyond to make this important work a priority.

There will be up to six awards granted in the amount of $4,000 each. Award categories are as follows:

Undergraduate Student Award
Graduate/Medical Student Award
Staff Award
Faculty Award
Administrative Department Award
Academic Department Award 

Award winners will be announced to the community in May and honored at a dinner at the home of President Paxson.


Eligibility Criteria

All full-time students (undergraduate, graduate and medical) who matriculated on or before fall of 2018 are eligible to be nominated.

All full-time Brown staff and faculty whose employment started on or before fall of 2018 are eligible to be nominated. 

All academic and administrative departments and units are eligible to be nominated. Department award funds can be used to support programming (e.g., retreats, diversity initiatives, talks/workshops/seminars). 

The staff of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and current deans and administrators on the Steering Committee on Equity and Diversity are not eligible (Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, Janet Blume, Joseph Diaz, Jennifer Hunter, Caroline Kuo, and Nicole Truesdell). 


Nomination Criteria

Nominations should be submitted for individuals or departments who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in one or more of the following areas:

PEOPLE: Create opportunities for individual and collective growth in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Support strategies to identify, recruit, and retain faculty, students, and/or staff who have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Foster opportunities for students, staff, and/or faculty to learn from diverse perspectives and/or contribute to the increased educational resources on topics of power, privilege and oppression in the U.S. 

COMMUNITY: Uphold the principle that Brown must be a place where individuals can learn, work, and thrive on campus (and beyond). Invest in the development of programs that create opportunities to support, guide, or advise individuals from marginalized groups while contributing to an inclusive living and learning environment for all.

Nominations should be submitted by April 16, 2019 at 5:00PM. Nominations can be submitted by students, staff and faculty using the following form: 2019 DIAP Community Awards Nomination Form

Any questions about the nomination process should be emailed to [email protected]


Selection Committee

Nominations will be reviewed in April by the Steering Committee on Equity and Diversity.