Eligibility Categories: Students (Undergraduate and Graduate), Faculty, and Staff
Sponsor or Level: Diversity Council of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


The Diversity and Inclusion Service Award (formerly called the Diversity Enhancement Award), was established in 2006 to recognize outstanding diversity accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the college. Individuals should exemplify excellence in advancing the college’s mission of promoting diversity in the college. In 2013, the award was changed to create separate categories for faculty, staff, and students. The award will include a letter of commendation, a plaque, and a monetary award of $500. Award recipients will be recognized at a reception in May.

Eligibility (Who can apply / be nominated)

Faculty, staff, and students in the college. Nominees must be current faculty and staff employees in the college or students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of the college at the time of the nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged. Previous winners cannot apply for the same award category (faculty, staff or student).

Packet Requirements (What to submit)

Letter of nomination (can come from the nominee or a second party)
Two letters of support from individuals familiar with the diversity contributions of the nominee

Submission Details (Where, how and to whom)

Submit a letter of nomination and two letters of support in hard copy which clearly describe the nominee’s contribution to college inclusion and diversity efforts. The application deadline for the 2017 award is April 17.

Selection Committee (How recipients will be chosen)

A committee made up of members of the CALS Diversity Council will review the  applications and make the award selections. If there are no applications that demonstrate outstanding diversity accomplishments, the Council reserves the right to not select a winner.

Send or deliver the Award application packet to:

CALS Diversity Council
c/o Karen Barnhart
119 Hutcheson Hall

Contact Information

Isaac Magana, CALS Diversity Chair. 540-231-9650, maganai@vt.edu
Karen Barnhart, CALS Diversity Council Recording Secretary. 540-231-5659, karend@vt.edu