Diversity & Inclusion Award

Nominate a student, an employee or a team. Deadline extended until January 30, 2021.

Utrecht University strives towards more diversity and inclusion among its students and employees. There is still much to be achieved, but students and employees have already come up with great initiatives that contribute to an even more diverse and inclusive university. The university thinks that these initiatives deserve attention and appreciation. This is the aim of the annual Diversity & Inclusion Award, which was installed in 2019.

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Uitreiking van de Diversity & Inclusion Award aan Richard Horenberg (Platform Onbeperkt Studeren)
The winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Award 2019

Anyone can nominate students, employees or teams that devote themselves to increasing diversity and inclusion within Utrecht University. Initiatives from all fields are welcomed. Think for example of ethnicity, class, belief, disability, LGBTQ+ 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 separate reference letters. A reference letter is written by an employee or student from Utrecht University. The content of the letter clarifies why, according to the writer, the nominee(s) has/have earned the UU Diversity & Inclusion Award. A reference letter is preferably no longer than 1 A4.

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.

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.

Nominations can be submitted until January 30, 2021 (deadline has been extended) to the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force via edi.office@uu.nl.

Earlier winners

During the New Year's Reception of the Executive Board on Monday 6 January 2020, Vice President Annetje Ottow presented the second Diversity & Inclusion Award to Young Women in Geoscience and to Women in Information and Computing Sciences. The review commission of the Diversity & Inclusion Award was very impressed with the way in which both networks devote themselves to the promotion of the gender balance within their departments, faculties and even beyond.

Richard Horenberg was 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.