Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards

2021 Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards


The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is to advance diversity initiatives and policies in order to promote access and equity throughout our institution.  We foster shared commitment to a culture of diversity and an inclusive environment to support the success of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community.


Through the generosity of community philanthropy, ODI has established two Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (EDEI) awards to increase recognition of diversity and inclusion leaders and teams at UNR Med.  One award is designated for an individual or team who are medical students, PA students, graduate students, residents, or fellows ($300).  The second award is for an individual or team who are faculty, staff, or leaders at UNR Med ($200).  These awards recognize innovative leadership, excellence, and impact from an individual or team responsible for developing and implementing an outstanding and effective program or initiative that advances diversity, equity and/or inclusion at UNR Med.


Individuals or teams who are affiliated with UNR Med (medical school, Graduate Medical Education, PA Program, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Sanford Center for Aging, UNR Student Health Center, UNR Med basic science departments, University Health) can self-nominate or nominate others for these awards. 


Completed nomination materials must include, from the nominator, a letter stating the rationale and justification for the individual or team award, including a description of the efforts of the individual/team to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as program/initiative goals and any outcomes, if available (1-2 pages). If a team is nominated, an individual team member must be designated to communicate with ODI regarding expenditure of the funds. Please submit nomination materials to Jennifer Dougherty at jenniferdougherty@med.unr.eduNominations will be due by 5:00 pm on January 29th, 2021. 


The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office for Faculty will review and select awardees.  These awards will be given at the discretion of ODI and may not be awarded every year.  Award winners will be notified in February and expected to submit a budget outlining how the award will be used within one month of being notified of award selection.  Restrictions apply as to how award money may be spent, in accordance with UNR policies and procedures.  All funds will need to be encumbered by mid-May and expended by the end of June, or may be subject to forfeiture.


Award recipients will be publicly announced at the Awards Ceremony the week of graduation in May.


For questions please contact Jennifer Dougherty, Ed.D., in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at jenniferdougherty@med.unr.edu or 775-682-7935.