Recognition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Student Services Division

Below are strategies for recognizing and/or promoting outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work that directly supports, through recruitment and retention efforts, students at broad and intersecting identities.

DEI Champion

At each NETMAT meeting, Student Services provides a recognition pin symbolizing recognition and appreciation of staff members (individuals or groups) who have worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on the campus.

Nominations are due two weeks before each NETMAT meeting.

Nominate a peer or group for DEI Champion

DEI Annual Champion

Each July, the Student Services Division hosts a professional development day. At this event, the division will recognize and recognize staff members (individuals or groups) who have gone above and beyond to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on campus.

Nominations are due two weeks before each NETMAT meeting.

Nominate a peer or group for the annual DEI champion

Innovative DEI Scholarship

The Student Services Division has allocated funds to support innovative and/or essential needs related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Grants (maximum of $3,000 each) are designated for scholarships/project grants or DEI-related training in one of the following categories:

  • A person to attend training related to the DEI
  • An individual or group to conduct research in practice; and publish/present the results
  • An individual or group to develop/enhance an innovative student-centered initiative to support DEI efforts
  • Bring one or more presenters/facilitators to campus for division-wide professional development

Grant Criteria and Application Expectations

  • Broad criteria/expectations for all fund requests
    • Provide a description of the project, training, research
    • Explain the connection and application of the DEI strategic plan
    • Define the benefits/impact on students, division, campus culture/climate beyond the students an individual department serves
    • Include a brief letter of support from the supervisor
    • During a fiscal year, a person can only receive funds for one of the following applications
    • Initially, this funding is designed for a one-time only, per financial year
      • Requests for ongoing funds should be directed to the supervisor.

  • In addition to the items listed above, individuals submitting a grant proposal for the categories below must meet these additional specific criteria:
    • Individual participation in training
      • Explain how the skills learned will directly apply to the position, department, division and/or university
      • Provide an outline of how this person would organize a “brown meal” upon return of what was learned
        • Where possible, these would be recorded and added to the website library

    • Research in practice
      • Describe the methodology and how participants would be selected
      • Include an estimated timeline for the research (including IRB, data collection, data analysis, publication submission, etc.)
      • Explain how this/these person(s) connected to research on school perseverance in conducting the research, analyzing the results, and sharing the results
      • Provide an outline of how this person would organize a “brown meal” upon return of what was learned
        • Where possible, these would be recorded and added to the website library

    • Develop/enhance student-centered initiative
      • Provide data demonstrating the need for an existing or new initiative
      • Describe the expected timeline for the design, development, results, implementation and evaluation of the improvement/new initiative
      • Create a draft evaluation of the initiative for program participants after a defined period of time
      • Provide an outline of how this person would organize a “brown meal” upon return of what was learned
        • Where possible, these would be recorded and added to the website library

    • Professional development opportunity for the division
      • Provide references from other organizations/institutions as to training and demonstrated results
      • Describe the expected results of the session
      • Articulate the impact/influence on participants’ practice after the training
      • Provide a tentative outline of the session with specific opportunities for participant engagement
      • Create a draft evaluation form for attendees to complete at the end of the event (this is submitted with the proposal)

Learn more about the DEI scholarship