Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Awards
Each year, OISE and the Graduate and Professional Diversity Council present several awards to graduate and professional degree students who have demonstrated a strong commitment towards advancing efforts around diversity, inclusion, outreach, and student engagement. Additionally, we present awards to faculty, staff, and community members who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to promoting the growth and personal and professional development of graduate and professional students who represent the diversity of the Cornell community.
Distinguished Award Categories
The following awards are given to graduate & professional students who have demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, outreach, and student engagement. Any current graduate or professional degree student at Cornell University is eligible for these awards, except for the Faculty Champion Awards and the Unsung Hero Award. We encourage nominations from students, faculty, and staff. We also strongly encourage self-nominations.
Exemplary Service Awards for Early & Advanced Career Students
Awarded to students who have a demonstrated track record of exemplary service to the Cornell graduate and professional student community, especially in the areas of diversity, inclusion, outreach, and student engagement. Service might include but is not limited to efforts to build a stronger graduate and professional student community through peer mentorship and support, student advocacy, and support of student organizations. This award has two subcategories:
Awarded to first year professional degree student (M.P.A., J.D., M.F.A., D.V.M., etc.) and research master’s degree students (M.S., M.A., etc.) and pre-A Exam Ph.D. students at the time of nomination.
Awarded to professional and research master’s degree students beyond their first year of study and post-A Exam Ph.D. students at the time of nomination
Excellence in Leadership Award
Awarded to student(s), group(s), or organization(s) that have shown a consistent and sustained ability to improve the graduate and professional student experience through leadership activities. Examples of leadership activities include, but are not limited to, leadership of student organizations, participation in student ambassador programs, involvement in the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, involvement in the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council, and involvement with other institutes, offices, or programs on campus.
Social Justice Award
Awarded to student(s), group(s), or organization(s) who have shown a commitment to promoting human rights, dignity, and equity at Cornell and throughout society as a whole.
Community Outreach Award
Awarded to student(s), group(s), or organization(s) who have strengthened a community through efforts to build partnerships, increase student involvement, and provide opportunities for mutual learning and understanding between Cornell and the targeted community.
Unsung Hero Award
Awarded to a staff member or other non-student member of the community who has gone above and beyond in their support of the success of Cornell’s graduate and professional degree students, especially as it relates to supporting their sense of belonging, overall well-being, progression, and achievement.
Faculty Champion Awards for Junior & Senior Faculty
Awarded to faculty members who have served as dedicated advocates to foster diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education through exemplary mentorship, leadership, and/or outreach activities within the Cornell community. Those who receive this award have shown an unwavering commitment to promoting the growth and personal and professional development of graduate and professional students who represent the diversity of the Cornell community. This award has two subcategories:
Awarded to an Assistant Professor to recognize immediate and significant contributions.
Awarded to an Associate or full Professor to recognize their ongoing and significant contributions.