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EDI Awards

Nomination Deadline: February 10, 2023

The University of Windsor’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Awards honour, celebrate and shine a light on individuals and teams who have made significant contributions towards building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community and who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to addressing the systemic barriers, contemporary and historical injustices, and inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, racialized people, the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community, women, and other equity-deserving groups. 

The EDI Awards are an opportunity to recognize:

  • Outstanding achievements in practice, events, applied research, policy, programs, advocacy, community education, and/or other activities.
  • Ongoing work and/or completed projects and accomplishments.
  • Outstanding EDI work supporting students and/or projects supporting faculty and staff.

What is EDI?

Award Categories and Nomination Information

One EDI Award will be presented annually in each of the following categories:

  • Student EDI Award
  • Faculty EDI Award
  • Staff EDI Award
  • Academic/administrative leader/manager EDI Award
  • Team/committee EDI Award
  • Alumni EDI Award

Award recipients will receive a hand-blown glass sculpture commissioned by the University of Windsor and created by local company Soffi Studio (formerly Tsunami Glassworks).

Faculty, staff, students and alumni can nominate an individual or team for an award under the following categories:

  • Student EDI Award
  • Faculty EDI Award
  • Staff EDI Award
  • Academic/administrative leader/manager EDI Award
  • Team/committee EDI Award
  • Alumni EDI Award

Individuals cannot self-nominate. When nominating a team/committee, the nominator cannot be included in the list of team/committee members being nominated.

Students, faculty, staff, leaders/managers, alumni, and teams who have advanced equity, diversity, and inclusion, Truth & Reconciliation/Decolonization, and dismantling racism and other forms of oppression and discrimination at the University of Windsor can be nominated for an award. 

For faculty, staff, and academic and/or administrative leaders/managers, in order to be eligible for an award, their contribution(s) must not be the primary responsibility of their role. 

The EDI awards recognize students, faculty, staff, leaders/managers, alumni, and teams who have advanced equity, diversity, and inclusion, Truth & Reconciliation/Decolonization, and dismantling racism and other forms of oppression and discrimination at the University of Windsor. For faculty, staff, and academic and/or administrative leaders/managers, in order to be eligible for an award, their contribution(s) must not be the primary responsibility of their role. 

Nominees must meet one (1) of the following award criteria:

Contributed to the advancement of Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

For example, the nominee(s):

  • Embedded equity, diversity, and inclusion into their work, teaching, research, and engagement activities.
  • Participated actively in committees, working groups, and collaborations designed to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and Indigeneity.
  • Dismantled structures, processes, and systems that systematically marginalize or exclude.
  • Contributed to an inclusive teaching and learning environment that nurtures multiple and intersectional ways of knowing.
  • Enriched the curriculum through the incorporation of Indigenous pedagogies (Indigenous Ways of Knowing, thinking, feeling and being).
  • Contributed to a more inclusive and respectful work environment.
  • Contributed to more inclusive research environments and strengthened meaningful research partnerships with equity-deserving communities and other marginalized groups.
  • Led/implemented an initiative or action aimed at adapting or changing procedures, policies, or practices to make them more inclusive.

Contributed to a more welcoming and safer environment and worked to dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and discrimination

For example, the nominee(s):

  • Redressed the inequities of normative cultures and practices within their circles of influence.
  • Led and/or actively participated in initiatives designed to combat racism and all forms of oppression and discrimination.
  • Encouraged or led others to work together to dismantle barriers to full participation in university life and/or the work environment.
  • Developed innovative programs, activities, and/or events that facilitate full participation and foster a more inclusive, safe, and welcoming campus environment.

The nomination consists of the following:

Online Nomination Form (Qualtrics)

To complete the nomination form you will need the following information:

  • Name and contact information of the individual being nominated. For team/committee, you will need the name and contact information of each member of the team/committee. 
  • A description of how the nominee meets the award criteria. The description should include specific examples to reflect the achievements/contributions of the nominee and the type and level of impact of their contributions. It is recommended that you first write the description in a word processor and then paste it into the Qualtrics Nomination Form (description not to exceed 800 words/6,000 characters).

One (1) Letter of Support

In addition to the Nomination Form, you are required to submit one (1) letter of support by the nomination deadline. This can be uploaded to the nomination form or submitted by e-mail to EDIawards@uwindsor.ca. Please note:

  • Someone other than the nominator must write the letter of support.
  • The letter cannot exceed 350 words.
  • The letter may consist of compiled testimonials from various individuals.

Access the Nomination Form

 

Complete the Nomination Form

Please note:

  • Nominees will receive notification of their nomination. 
  • Nominations will be reviewed by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Awards Committee. The committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of all nominations and will base decisions solely on the information included in the nomination form and letter of support. 

For more information/inquiries, please e-mail EDIawards@uwindsor.ca.