Nominations open for 2022 equity leadership award

The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee is now accepting nominations for the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award for 2022.

The award is named to honour Mary Lou Dietz — a late UWindsor faculty member and former head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology — in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges.

Eligible individual must be a current, former or a retired Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA)   member who demonstrates the spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion in leadership exemplified by accomplishments or contributions.

New in 2022, group applications will be considered to recognize and celebrate the achievements of groups through their ongoing diligence and commitment on equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Windsor. Eligible groups must have at least 50% of the members being current, former or a retired WUFA member.

The candidate or group will have demonstrated a consistent commitment to, and provided quality work on behalf of, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Windsor, as demonstrated by, one or more of the following categories:

  • Initiated educational or public awareness programs that benefit members of marginalized groups, including but not limited to: women; racialized persons; First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples; differently-abled persons; persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or 2-spirited; francophones and all persons whose first language is not English; and immigrants and persons seeking immigration status;
  • Innovative strategies, approaches, and activities for creating a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus;
  • Leadership in recruiting diverse candidates, colleagues, and students;
  • Providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students and colleagues in the spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Service on equity, diversity, and inclusion committees;
  • Service to the Faculty Association;
  • Public advocacy on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Scholarly work, including paper presentations, lectures, or publications on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum design to further the cause of employment equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Distinguished achievement as a group: In contributing to the advancement of EDI on campus. Including but not limited to, providing organizational leadership; implementing new policy; initiating education or public awareness programs related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; achieving political, legislative, or collective bargaining gains; and performing distinguished service in support of equity and equity seeking members within their own and/or other university organizations;
  • Collaborative/Intergroup Relations: Group works to promote a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive learning or working environment on campus; increases EDI outreach, collaboration, partnerships and learning programs to initiate and strengthen relations with communities, including through community service.

Find details and forms on the faculty association’s website.

Nominations must include the nominee or group name, title, and credentials, as well outline the nominee or group’s accomplishments and contributions, addressing the criteria set out above, nominations are to be received by March 4, 2022. Send nominations to the faculty association office by:

  • mail to as a PDF or MS-Word document
  • post to WUFA, 366 Sunset Ave, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4