Diversity Recognition Award

The Diversity Recognition Award recognizes an individual or team in the College of Engineering who are faculty and/or staff (with students as collaborators). The Diversity Recognition Award is established to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in achieving the College goals of fostering a multicultural community that values, celebrates and operationalizes diversity, equity and inclusion within the College and beyond our campus.


  • All faculty and staff in the College of Engineering are eligible.
  • Past recipients are not eligible for a period of three years after receiving the award.


  • The award will be based on an accumulated record of achievement in diversity, equity and inclusion, rather than a single act of service, project or event.
  • The faculty award will be based on an exemplary commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion*, as expressed through research and creative activity; teaching, mentoring, or inclusive curriculum transformation; professional service; and/or a combination of achievements in these areas.
  • The staff award will be based on exemplary service to diversity, equity and inclusion, which may include service to the College, University, local community and beyond.


A committee will be appointed by the Dean of Engineering to select award recipients.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be initiated by College of Engineering staff, faculty, and/or administrators. Each nominator may submit only one nomination per year. Once the nomination process has concluded, the respective department chair for each faculty nominee or manager for each staff nominee will be contacted to complete a Recommendation Form before all materials are sent to the appropriate Awards Committee for evaluation.

The nomination packet should consist of ONE pdf file submitted through the Faculty Nomination Form or the Staff Nomination Form (multiple submissions for the same nomination will not be accepted) containing the following:

  • A detailed statement from the nominator indicating the nominee’s accomplishments and how they relate to the selection criteria for the Diversity Recognition Award.
  • Two brief supporting letters addressing the nominee, and how their accomplishments embody the selection criteria for this award.
  • Faculty nominee’s most recent resume or CV (not required for staff nominees).
  • Any supporting documents which demonstrate the nominee’s dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion as it is stated in the criteria for this award.

If you have any questions, please email fac-staff-awards@coe.neu.edu.

Past Recipients

2023Rebecca WillitsChE