Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusivity Awards

The Diversity and Inclusivity Awards are awarded to UW-Whitewater faculty, staff and students who have made outstanding contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on our campus. Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence seeks nominations from the campus community in the late fall of each academic year, with an annual deadline of 31 January each year. Individuals are allowed to submit multiple nominations for any or all awards (a separate nomination form is required for each nomination). The Committee then determines the award recipients based on these nominations.

A total of four awards are presented each spring during the Spring Diversity Forum. Three of the awards have been named after distinguished faculty and staff at UW-Whitewater, each of whom spent their careers promoting and supporting equity, inclusion and diversity on our campus. In 2019, the inaugural awards were bestowed on the award's namesakes: Dr. Fannie Hicklin, Dr. Roger Pulliam and Mr. John Truesdale. The fourth award is designated for UW-Whitewater students and student organizations who have made exceptional efforts to support inclusivity and diversity at UW-W. The first recipient of this award, Marco Marquez, was the Director of Student Affairs for Whitewater Student Government, president of his fraternity, Latino America Unida (which is a chapter of Lambda Alpha Upsilon) and the student representative on the Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence from 2018 - 2020.

John Truesdale Staff Award for Innovation in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This award is named for Mr. John Truesdale, the founding director of UW-Whitewater's Center for Students with Disabilities, the founder of the Adaptive Recreation program, the first coach of UW-W's Wheelchair Basketball team, and a life-long advocate for accessibility and inclusion on our campus. The recipient of the John Truesdale Award for Innovation in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is selected based on the following criteria:

  • Has solved problems/met needs related to diversity and inclusion on campus/in our community in innovative ways
  • Has assisted underserved and/or marginalized populations at UW-Whitewater in creative and collaborative ways

Fannie Hicklin Faculty Award for Trailblazers in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This award is named for Dr. Fannie Hicklin, UW-Whitewater's first African American faculty member. Dr. Hicklin taught in the Theatre/Dance Department, directed over 50 campus theatre productions and helped establish Summer Theatre in the Park and the Touring Children's Theatre programs. She was a trail blazing teacher, mentor, and artist who transformed campus through her multiple leadership positions. The recipient of the Fannie Hicklin Award for Trailblazers in Diversity and Inclusion will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Has demonstrated a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in teaching
  • Has served as a role model to fellow faculty and students

Roger Pulliam Award for Legacy-Builders in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This award is named for Dr. Roger Pulliam, emeritus Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Support Services and former Director of Advancement at UW-Whitewater. In addition to teaching in the College of Education, Dr. Pulliam was the co-founder of the university's McNair Scholar and Upward Bound programs, as well as a long-time senior faculty advisor of the Office of National Black Student Union. The recipient of the Roger Pulliam Award for Legacy-Builders in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Has demonstrated a long-term commitment to inclusion and diversity at UW-Whitewater through a multiplicity of engagement and across disciplines/programs
  • Has played an active mentoring and/or leadership role on campus

The Student Award for Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Student Award for Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is intended to recognize either a UW-Whitewater student or student organization based on the following criteria:

  • The student or organization has demonstrated a long-term commitment to inclusion and diversity at UW-Whitewater through a multiplicity of engagement and across disciplines/programs
  • The student or organization has played an active leadership role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on campus or in the Greater Whitewater Community

If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Miguel Aranda, Administrative Assistant of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Support Programs at 262-472-1465 or edi@uww.edu.


Past Award Recipients

  • 2021 - Isabella Virrueta, Career & Leadership Development
  • 2020 - James Levy, Department of History
  • 2021 - Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • 2020 - Nomsa Gwalla-Ogisi, Department of Special Education
  • 2021 - Ozalle Toms, Student Diversity, Engagement & Success
  • 2020 - Anneke Lisbergy, Department of Biological Sciences
  • 2021 - The Association for Graduate Students of Color (AGSC)
  • 2020 - Laura Piña (International Studies) & Destiny Tillman (Sociology)
  • 2019 - Marco Marquez (Communication)