Awards

Every year, the University Diversity Initiative makes several recognition awards and financial awards for activities related to our mission. Information about our award programs, applications and deadlines can be found here. With the discretion of the Office, the financial awards' monetary amount may change.

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Women of Promise event was Dr. Kristi Kiick, Deputy Dean and Professor in the College of Engineering.

Women of Promise

Every year, the Women of Promise Dinner promotes positive faculty and student mentoring relationships and encourages students to continue succeeding in and out of the University.


Tenured women on the UD faculty are invited to nominate exceptional women undergraduate and graduate students for this distinction, and the students then accompany their hosts at an evening networking dinner.

The Louis L. Redding Diversity Award

The Louis L. Redding Diversity Award was created to recognize individuals or units at UD whose efforts have promoted, enhanced and implemented diversity programs or activities that have resulted in a significant change in the campus climate and composition within the University community.

The Redding Diversity award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 gift to the Morris Library in the recipient's honor. The recipient(s) is honored at a luncheon in the spring semester.

Past Awardees

  • 2014 - Karla Bell & Brian Chad Starks
  • 2013 - Kimberly Saunders
  • 2012 - no award
  • 2011 - James Jones & Kasandra Moye
  • 2010 - Melva Ware
  • 2008 - Maria Palacas

Click Here for Nomination Form

Student Ambassadors of Diversity Award

This award serves to recognize a student and an established student group for their efforts to celebrate diversity on campus. The individual recipient will receive a scholarship valued at $400. Group recipients will receive $600 of funding for additional resources to utilize in pursuit of furthering diversity initiatives.

Applicant(s) must meet the following criteria in their application materials:

  • Evidence of working collaboratively with others to create a more inclusive campus community or fostering an environment where diverse groups work together toward achieving common goals.
  • Sustain involvement in campus activities that strive to educate UD students on the importance of diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Develop and implement a program that symbolizes the ideal that all cultures should be celebrated, honored, and embraced within the University of Delaware community. This can be done by:
    • enlightening the University community about a particular culture(s);
    • showcasing cultural identity, traditions, or heritage through a variety of mediums; or
    • cultivating a new level of awareness and respect for various cultures in participants.
  • Serve as an ally mentoring students of underrepresented groups, or mentoring students in the area of diversity education

Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the University community. Self-nominations must be accompanied by at least one supporting letter from outside the unit.

Past Awardees

  • 2014 - Diversity Enrichment Leaders & Jeremy Mathis
  • 2013 - Multicultural Greek Congress
  • 2012 - Mahel Hamroun
  • Click Here for Nomination Form

    Bessie B. Collins Award

    This $500 award was established to honor the former Dean of Women, Bessie B. Collins, an early advocate and supporter of continuing education for women. The award serves to continue that support and encouragement of women students and to recognize the variety of perspectives, diversity, and richness adult students bring to the University community.

    The applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • Over 22 years old
    • A matriculated woman student
    • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
    • Demonstration of future promise and evidence of overcoming special difficulties
    • Contribution to the University and greater communities

    Nominations for the scholarship should be submitted electronically to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and include a statement describing the applicant's background and career plans, as well as evidence of how the individual meets the criteria of the award and a letter of recommendation. Self-nominations are acceptable. The recipient(s) and their families are honored at a luncheon in the spring semester.

    Past Awardees

    • 2014 - Natalie Cook
    • 2013 - Michelle Church
    • 2012 - xxx
    • 2011 - Talia Sykes
    • 2010 - Carissa Young
    • 2009 - Jennifer Griffin & Katherin von Duyke
    • 2008 - Danielle Aldrich Chellappoo

    Click Here for Nomination Form

    Mae Carter Scholarship

    The $1,500 scholarship, in honor of Mae Carter, former Assistant Provost for Women's Affairs and Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women, is awarded to an undergraduate woman student at the University who carries the values that Mae Carter has represented to the University community of women.

    The applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • Undergraduate woman student
    • Has attended UD for at least 1 year
    • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
    • Evidence of work to advance the status of women at the University
    • Preference given to returning adult women (a woman student who is over 22 and entering college for the first time or returning after a period of time not attending college).

    Nominations for the scholarship should be submitted electronically to the Office of Equity and Inclusion and include a statement describing the applicant's background and career plans, as well as evidence of how the individual meets the criteria of the award and a letter of recommendation. Self-nominations are acceptable. The recipient(s) and their families are honored at a luncheon in the spring semester.

    Past Awardees

    • 2014 - Abigail Samuels
    • 2013 - Shelah Balakhan
    • 2012 - Eleanor Sanderman
    • 2011 - Marissa Kinsey
    • 2010 - Meredith Ambrose & Meghan Wallace
    • 2009 - Carly Wines
    • 2008 - Jooyoung Lee

    Click Here for Nomination Form.

    The E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women's Equity

    This award was established in recognition of President Emeritus E. Arthur Trabant's support for women's equity at the University of Delaware. The recipient(s) and their families are honored at a luncheon in the spring semester.

    The E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women's Equity is given annually to any individual, department, administrative unit, or committee who has contributed to equity for women at the University.

    It defines "contributions" broadly to encourage as wide a range of nominations as possible, but examples might include developing exemplary programs or curricula, implementing innovative policies and procedures related to women's equity, and enhancing existing services to women.

    Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the University community. Self-nominations must be accompanied by at least one supporting letter from outside the unit.

    Past Awardees

    • 2014 - Angela Seguin
    • 2013 - The Women's Caucus
    • 2012 - The Advance Team - Jessica Schiffman
    • 2011 - Monika Shafi
    • 2010 - Deborah Bieler
    • 2009 - Pamela Cook

    Click Here for Nomination Form

NEWS & EVENTS

First Year Common Reader with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Speaking to an audience of more than 2,000 -- including many from the University’s Class of 2017 -- at the Bob Carpenter Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, Justice Sotomayor shared the experiences of her early life as chronicled in her memoir, My Beloved World. Read more about Justice Sonia Sotomayor on UDaily.

Annual Louis L. Redding Lecture

Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, spoke to issues of societal privilege and access to higher education during the annual Louis L. Redding Lecture, held Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. Read more about Professor Lani Guinier on UDaily.

Redding Hall Dedication

On Friday, Oct. 4, members of the Redding family and friends joined with members of the University community to honor the pioneering civil rights lawyer by officially dedicating the Louis L. Redding Residence Hall on UD’s East Campus. Read more about the Redding Hall Dedication on UDaily.

Fighting Hate & Anti-Semitism: Abraham Foxman, Nat'l Dir. Anti-Defamation League

The Kristol Center for Jewish Life/Hillel Foundation & Jewish Studies at the University of Delaware presents Keynote Speaker Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Monday, October 28th, 7:00pm, Roselle Center for the Arts in Puglisi Orchestra Hall. Read more about the lecture on Alumni Relations.