Diversity & Inclusion Award

Nominations can be submitted to the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force until 15 November 2019

Utrecht University strives towards more diversity and inclusion among its students and employees. There is still much to be achieved, but some beautiful initiatives have already been undertaken by students and employees that contribute to an even more diverse and inclusive university. Utrecht University wants to make sure these initiatives do not go unnoticed and wants to express her appreciation by presenting an annual UU Diversity & Inclusion Award as of 2019.

Richard Horenberg is the winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Award 2019. As the coordinator of the Supported Study Platform he makes an effort to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

The second UU Diversity & Inclusion Award will be presented during the New Year's meeting by the Vice-President of the Executive Board, Annetje Ottow. This meeting will take place on Monday 6 January 2020 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Auditorium of Utrecht University Hall (Academiegebouw).


How to nominate

Individual students, individual employees and teams can be nominated for the UU Diversity & Inclusion Award Award 2020. Two or three submissions will be selected, depending on the number of nominations, from which one winner will be chosen. The selection will be carried out by an Award Committee consisting of three UU employees and one Utrecht University student, supported by the Programme Manager of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

The Committee will present the eligible nominations and the final winner to the Vice-President of the Executive Board. The winner will receive the UU Diversity & Inclusion Award and a sum of €2,500, which can be used for diversity improvement within Utrecht University.



Anyone can nominate students, employees or teams that devote themselves to increasing diversity and inclusion within Utrecht University for the UU Diversity & Inclusion Award. Initiatives from all fields are welcomed. Think for example of ethnicity, class, religion, sexuality, disability, gender and the intersections between these fields.

Nominations are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee(s) must has/have undertaken significant effort to improve diversity and inclusion within Utrecht University and maintain this improvement for at least one year;
  • The nomination states what the initiative and/or contribution of the nominee or nominees is and whether or not there are any known results;
  • The nomination must be accompanied by at least two reference letters from different colleagues, in which it is clearly stated why the nominee(s) has/have earned the UU Diversity & Inclusion Award.

The Committee pays special attention to the innovative aspects, continuity and unifying qualities of the nominations. Furthermore, the Committee will assess whether the nominations are in line with the Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and the priority areas of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. These consist of equal treatment and inclusion, intake and selection of students, broadening participation and social commitment, visibility and communication.

Nominations can be submitted until 15 November 2019 to the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force via diversity@uu.nl.