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.
- DEISJ Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities
- DEISJ Award for Community Outreach and Impact
- DEISJ Award for Leadership and Campus Impact
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.
Nominations can be submitted by faculty, staff, students, administrators, and University departments. Self-nominations are also accepted.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.