Diversity Matters Award

Developing understanding and appreciation of society’s human diversity is an essential component of an excellent education and a foundation for responsible citizenship. At the University of Northern Iowa, we seek to vigorously pursue the creation and maintenance of a diverse, respectful and inclusive work and education environment in order to prepare the university community and its members for a constantly evolving world.

Diversity describes the rich differences that people bring to the University of Northern Iowa community. It can refer broadly to culture, identity and ideology, or more specifically to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, marital status, national origin or veteran status. Diversity is a dynamic concept, shaped by history, and changing as our understanding of the world and its people evolves.

Started in 2009 by President Benjamin Allen, the Diversity Matters Award is presented in recognition of dedication and service to the University of Northern Iowa in advancement of its diversity-related goals. This award has been revised since then, and only students and student organizations are eligible at this time.

The Diversity Matters Award is awarded through Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice.