PCDI Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice (DEISJ) Awards

Nomination Information

Stanislaus State is pleased to offer three different awards that will recognize and honor faculty, staff, students and administrators who have demonstrated a clear commitment to anti-racism, social justice, equity, and/or inclusion.

Nomination Guidelines

Complete a letter of nomination that identifies the nominee and the specific award. In the letter:

  • Explain why you believe the nominee should receive the award by responding to the criteria outlined in the award’s elements.
  • Keep in mind that the award's reviewers are relying on the information you provide to choose the most deserving recipient.
  • The nomination letter must be no more than three pages in length (additional appendices and exhibits are welcome). In it, briefly:
    • Describe the programs, activities or accomplishments that qualify the nominee for this award.
    • Describe how the nominee’s efforts have made a direct impact on the campus, our local communities, or the nominee's field of study. 

Nomination Submission

Nominations can be submitted by faculty, staff, students, administrators, and University departments. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Submit Nomination Form

Recognition Celebrations & Ceremony

  • Awardees will receive a stipend of $1600 and a plaque.
  • The awardee will be invited to share their work with the University community at an open lecture.


  • 2022/2023 nominations deadline:
    Dec 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Announcements of awardees will occur at the end of each spring term. 
  • The award ceremony will happen beginning of the next fall semester. 

About the Awards & Criteria

DEISJ Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities 

This award honors faculty, staff, or students who have conducted innovative and outstanding research, scholarship or creative activities that advance efforts in anti-racism, social justice, equity, or inclusion at Stanislaus State, in the person's field of study, or our broader community. The award is meant to highlight and elevate work in anti-racism, social justice, equity and inclusion; provide recognition of the value of that work; and showcase critical scholarship, pedagogy, and community engagement.

Eligibility: This award is available to faculty, staff and students

The elements of outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activities include:

  • Significant contributions that advance knowledge in areas relating to anti-racism, social justice, equity, or inclusion.
  • Engagement with innovative research enhances our understanding of race, class, gender, culture and other identities affecting access and opportunity in our society.
  • Transparency of the methods and scope of the research included in the project.
  • Uniqueness in addressing problems or approaches that support new or novel bodies of research.
  • Outcomes and implications that help stimulate evidence-based directions that support a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Examples include:

  • Research regarding issues in anti-racist practices, social justice, equity, or inclusion.
  • Collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained observable effects within the contexts of practice.
  • Participatory action research projects that are collaborative between researchers on our campus and the public
  • Interdisciplinary research on issues in social justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Scholarship that has a significant impact on campus diversity, equity, or inclusion.

DEISJ Award for Community Outreach and Impact

This award supports collaboration via meaningful co-design and implementation between campus and community groups in the creation, sponsorship, and implementation of programs, initiatives, or projects in the area of anti-racism, social justice, equity, and inclusion - with the goal of advocating for a specific community (or communities).

Eligibility: This award is available to staff, faculty, students, administrators, student organizations, or faculty/staff organizations

The elements of outstanding community outreach and impact include:

  • Dedication to advancing the strengths and bringing awareness to the needs of communities that have been historically underserved and marginalized.
  • Initiatives and projects have provided pathways for historically underserved and marginalized populations to engage with the Stanislaus State community.
  • Collaborations that have had a positive significant impact on the community.

Projects and initiatives may include innovative approaches in teaching, research, service, and outreach. Examples include:

  • Taking a proactive role in local diversity and equity issues by, for example, building relationships with diverse community advisory councils or educating citizens on matters of diversity disparities.
  • Encouraging employee volunteerism in the community with respect to cultural connections and inclusion.
  • Participating in community diversity outreach programs that help people learn about a program’s mission towards enhancing anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.

DEISJ Award for Leadership and Campus Impact

This award recognizes individuals who are leaders through influence and example, inspiring those around them and who have made significant contributions to the University.

Eligibility: This award is available to students, staff, faculty, or administrators.

The elements of outstanding leadership and campus impact include:

  • A demonstration of visionary and insightful leadership that confronts and resolves inequities through strategic decision-making, allocation of resources, and establishment of priorities.
  • Research and data-informed practices that support equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Leadership practices above and beyond routine expectations required of the nominee’s position and responsibilities contribute to transformative change.
  • Work that has transcended organizational boundaries and fostered cooperation and collaboration between the University and its constituents to better serve the campus community.

Examples include:

  • Individuals who have demonstrated a consistent pattern of commitment to the recruitment, retention and promotion of individuals from underrepresented populations.
  • Individuals who have addressed key areas of diversity and inclusion such as recruitment, retention, campus/department climate, clinical practice or community outreach.
  • Initiatives have taken steps toward fostering diversity in the workplace with programs that maximize the potential of all people.
  • The creation of partnerships between managers and staff to resolve challenges impacted by equity and inclusion.
  • Promoting diversity in workplace education; and/or improving anti-racist and cultural competency through educational initiatives.
  • Development and evaluation of programming with high scalable potential to advance campus goals toward equity, anti-racism and social justice within the Stanislaus State community.
  • The use of institutional data or the collection of new data to unpack issues of inequity around student enrollment, persistence, engagement, and course and degree completion patterns.