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The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education annually recognizes individuals who are committed to inclusive excellence through our Inclusive Excellence Awards and our Global Engagement Awards.

Inclusive Excellence Awards

NADOHE celebrates individuals and institutions for their exemplary achievements and contributions to lead higher education toward inclusive excellence. Each year nominations for the Inclusive Excellence Awards are submitted on behalf of higher education administrators and institutions who are leaders in the study of diversity by means of research, leadership and service. The goal of the awards are to recognize innovative inclusive excellence and to encourage diversity professionals to implement comprehensive policies, practices, and initiatives designed to achieve inclusive excellence on their campuses.

Award categories include the Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Institutional Excellence Award, Individual Leadership Award, Rising Star Award, and Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Previous Winners

2022

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Mamie T. Thorns, Saginaw Valley State University

Institutional Excellence Award (4-year Institution): American University

Institutional Excellence Award (2-year Institution): Northern Virginia Community College

Institutional Excellence Award, Professional School: A.T. Still University

Individual Leadership Award: Dr. Toby S. Jenkins, University of South Carolina

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Dr. Altheia L. Richardson, Clemson University

Rising Star Award: Dr. Skyller Walkes, The University of Texas at Austin

2021

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Obie Ford III, Ph.D., Washington State University, Vancouver  

Institutional Excellence Award (4-year Institution): The University of Illinois, Chicago

Institutional Excellence Award (2-year Institution): Southwestern Community College

Individual Leadership Award: Menah Pratt-Clarke, J.D. Ph.D.

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Shannon J. Fairley-Pitman, Ed.D., Northeastern University

Rising Star Award: Kimberly A. Truong, Ph.D., MGH Institute of Health Professions

2020

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Roger L. Worthington, University of Maryland  

Institutional Excellence Award (4-year Institution): Adelphi University

Institutional Excellence Award (4-year Institution) Honorable Mention: Northern Illinois University

Institutional Excellence Award (2-year Institution): Truckee Meadows Community College

Institutional Excellence Award (2-year Institution) Honorable Mention: Kellogg Community College

Individual Leadership Award: Vernell P DeWitty, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Damani White-Lewis, UCLA

Outstanding Dissertation Award - Honorable Mention: 2020 - Patricia P. Carver, Bellarmine University

2019

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Christine Stanley, Texas A & M  

Institutional Excellence Award: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Individual Leadership Award: Frank Tuitt, University of Denver

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Kimberly Freeman, University of Southern California

2018

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Terry A. Nance, Villanova University  

Institutional Excellence Award: Stockton University

Individual Leadership Award: Wanda Heading Grant, University of Vermont

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Raquel Wright-Mair, University of Denver

2017

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Jason Kirksey, Oklahoma State University  

Institutional Excellence Award: Indiana University, Bloomington

Individual Leadership Award: Curtis Ivery, Wayne County Community College District

Outstanding Dissertation Award: De Witt Scott

2016

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Gloriana B. Waters, City University of New York 

Institutional Excellence Award: Oklahoma State University

Individual Leadership Award: Carlos Medina, SUNY

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Steve Mobley, University of Maryland, College Park

2015

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Mildred Garcia, California State University, Fullerton  

Institutional Excellence Award: Des Moines University

Individual Leadership Award: Leslie Garcia, Oregon Health and Sciences University

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Kara Gravely-Stack, North Dakota State University

2014

Institutional Excellence Award: Kent State University

Individual Leadership Award: Rebecca Tsosie, Arizona State University

2013

Institutional Excellence Award: University of Central Florida

Individual Leadership Award: Damon Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2012

Institutional Excellence Award: Georgia State University

Individual Leadership Award: Sheila O'Rourke, University of California, Berkeley

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Kendra Preer

2010

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

2009

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award: Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University

Global Engagement Awards

The Global Engagement Award is designed to encourage global engagement among underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds (first-generation college students, students from rural or isolated areas, and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds). The students recognized represent a broad cross-section of our society, including students with disabilities, different race/ethnicity populations, religious backgrounds, LGBTQIA, and other identities.  

The award is given to U.S. citizens and preference is given to students who have not traveled or studied abroad previously. The award may be used to support faculty-led programs and/or for semester/study abroad options. Five monetary awards, of $2,000 each, are granted annually. For consideration, students must be nominated by a NADOHE member. The next nomination period opens in October 2022. 

Previous Winners

Due to COVID-19, this award was not offered in 2021 or 2022. 

Prior to 2020, this award was known as the Insight into Diversity NADOHE Global Engagement Scholarship. 

2020

Tatyana Curtis, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Helen Landaverde, Framingham State University

Melany Landaverde, Framingham State University

Sara Luna, North Park University

Sydney Watson, Tennessee State University  

2019

Adiah Bailey, Case Western Reserve University

Madison Clendening, Hendrix College

Hallie Downs, University of South Dakota

Hayley Smith, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Dominque Wallace, Tennessee State University

2018

Austin Boyington, University of Tulsa

Ja'Nae Jackson, University of North Georgia

Jason Ngo, St. Joseph's University

Yvonne Nguyễn, Villanova