Chancellor’s Medallion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

This award was created to recognize an individuals who have demonstrated high levels of meaningful engagement in activities that promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at their respective university within the Texas A&M University System and the broader higher education community.

  • Diversity: individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations)
  • Equity: the creation of opportunities for historically underserved populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion
  • Inclusion: the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Eligibility Criteria

An individual must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the award:

  • Be a current employee at a university that is a member institution of the Texas A&M University System
  • Work on a full- or part-time basis and serve as a staff member or faculty member, including those with a joint appointment
University Selection Process

Each university will establish an internal process with which to identify its award honoree for that given year.

The nominee should be someone who:

  • Initiates and leads actions that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the working environment for institutional employees and/or the learning environment for students
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to just and sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
  • Raises awareness about bias and creates opportunities to identify and remove barriers
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to the unique needs of historically  underrepresented and underserved populations
Award Timeline
October 1 The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs will send out Call for Nominations email to university  presidents
December 15 Official award honoree selection sent from the university president’s office to The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Spring semester Award honorees will be recognized at the annual Chancellor’s Summit on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Nomination Submission

The official award nomination should be sent from the university president’s office to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs via email (academicaffairs@tamus.edu) no later than December 15 each year.

The nomination email should include the following information for their honoree:

  • Full name
  • Job title
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Headshot photo
  • Short bio (less than 100 words)
  • A description of how the honoree aligns with the award criteria utilizing the definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion as listed above.  Institutions are encouraged to submit
    examples and artifacts that demonstrate the honoree’s alignment.
Award Recognition Ceremony

Award honorees will be recognized at the A&M System’s annual Chancellor’s Summit on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The program will include an awards ceremony recognizing each campus honoree. Honorees will receive an award medallion and award certificate. The Chancellor’s Summit on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion brings together faculty and staff from A&M System universities to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at all A&M System campuses.

List of Award Recipients

2022 Award Winners

  • Jerel Benton, Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Darrell Brown, Tarleton State University
  • Barbara Collins, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Jayson Douglas, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Kristina Drumheller, Ph.D., West , Texas A&M University
  • Tina Flores-Nevarez, , Texas A&M University-Central Texas
  • Eli Jones, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Adam Kozaczka, Ph.D., Texas A&M International University
  • Brian Matthews, D.B.A., Texas A&M University-Texarkana
  • Daisey McCloud, MAPCP, LPC-S, Texas A&M University-Galveston Campus
  • Nathan Mitchell, Ph.D., Prairie View A&M University
  • Lawrence Scott, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-San Antonio

2021 Award Winners

  • Mika Akikuni, Texas A&M International University
  • Suzanne Bonds, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Sanfrenà Britt, Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Central Texas
  • Jennifer Davis, Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Texarkana
  • Vicky Elias, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Nirmal Goswami, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Joyce Miller, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • George Pacheco, Jr., Ph.D., West Texas A&M University
  • Srivi Ramasubramanian, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Lathes Towns, Tarleton State University
  • Renee Williams, Prairie View A&M University

2020 Award Winners

  • Angela Allen, West Texas A&M University
  • Carol Bunch Davis, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Galveston Campus
  • Larry Davis, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
  • Elma De Luna-Gonzalez, Prairie View A&M University
  • Toney Favors, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
  • Manuel Flores, Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Tim Gritten, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Peter Haruna, Ph.D., Texas A&M International University
  • LaVelle Hendricks, Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Tiburcio Lince, Tarleton State University
  • Sherdeana Owens, D.D.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Christine Stanley, Texas A&M University
  • George Wright, Ph.D., Prairie View A&M University