Description of Awards

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

There will be up to six awards granted in the amount of $4,000 each. One award will be given to an individual or department in each of the following categories:

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

Please note: This award will not replace the Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion which is open to all eligible staff. It serves to complement existing awards and give university-wide recognition of the work being done to make Brown a truly inclusive campus.

Nomination Process

Eligible faculty, staff, and students must be nominated by members of the Brown Community. Nominations are no longer being accepted for 2020 awards. Winners will be publicly announced to the campus in April 2020. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students: All full-time students (undergraduate, graduate and medical) who matriculated on or before the fall of 2019 are eligible.
  • Staff and faculty: All full-time Brown staff and faculty whose employment started on or before the Fall of 2019 are eligible. Employees for whom furthering diversity and inclusion are a significant part of their formal duties are not eligible.
  • Academic and administrative departments: All academic departments are eligible. All administrative departments are eligible, with the exception of departments for whom furthering diversity and inclusion are a significant part of their formal responsibilities.
  • Nominees will have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the Principles of the Brown University Community. Additionally, they must show through their work and actions a commitment to diversity and inclusion in 1 or more of the following areas:​
    • People: Support strategies to identify, recruit, and retain faculty, students, and/or staff who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Assist with improvements to provide mentoring to undergraduates and graduate students from underrepresented groups, and investments in mentoring and professional development for faculty staff and/or students.
    • Academic Excellence: Contributed to the increased scholarly resources to support education and leading-edge research on issues of race, ethnicity, inequality, and justice in the U.S. and around the globe. Provide opportunities for students, staff and faculty to learn from diverse perspectives (both in and outside of a classroom setting).
    • Community: Uphold the principle that Brown must be a place where individuals can learn, live, and thrive on campus (and beyond). Demonstrated mentoring of individuals from marginalized groups while contributing to an inclusive living and learning environment for all.