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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Award

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award is an annual award created to honor the challenging task of further transforming our community into one that not only celebrates our mission (“To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community”) but also creates a world-class university building on a heritage of inclusion. These individuals will be recognized for providing TCU with the critical voices necessary for change and for their sustained actions to transform TCU by making it an even more diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment and place of employment. The award recipient is named at Fall Convocation and a photo gallery of recipients will be on display at the Mary Couts Burnett Library.

Nominations for the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award are now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Be a three-quarters or full-time employee who has served as a member of the faculty or staff (exempt or non-exempt) for at least three years
  • Have spoken about inequality, discrimination and exclusion in localized and/or institutional ways
  • Demonstrate the sustained practice of cultural change and offer critical voices that enhance TCU’s diversity, equity and inclusiveness
  • Work collaboratively with others to achieve equality and harmony in the TCU educational setting and encourage positive outcomes as part of larger solutions
  • Chancellor’s Cabinet members and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Committee members are not eligible for nomination


Nominations may be made by TCU faculty, staff and students by either:

  • Filling out the online nomination form or
  • Mailing the nomination to Sheri Miller, Chancellor’s Associate for Strategic Partnerships, at TCU Box 297080

Nominations may be written in English or Spanish.

Should you be selected as a semi-finalist, a CV or resume and recommendations from peers and students is required.

Finalists selected by the DEI Award Committee will be forwarded to the Chancellor, who will select the winner of the DEI Award.

Finalists receive a $1,000 award and an invitation to an awards luncheon with other nominees. The overall winner will be announced at TCU Convocation and receive an additional award of $5,000.


  • Cathan Coghlan, Ph.D., director, Office of Institutional Research
  • Frank Hernandez, Ph.D., dean, College of Education
  • Mayme Francyne Huckaby, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of education
  • Sheri Miller, chancellor’s associate for strategic partnerships
  • Aisha Torrey-Sawyer, interim senior advisor to the Chancellor and chief inclusion officer

Past Recipients

Ebony Rose
Ebony Rose

Senior Learning and Development Consultant,
Leadership & Professional Development
Human Resources

Adam McKinney

Assistant Professor of Dance
College of Fine Arts

Susie Olmos-Soto

Senior Learning and Development Consultant
Human Resources

Lynn Hampton, Ph.D.

John V. Roach Honors College