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Inclusive Excellence Awards

Find out about the program that recognizes employees, departments, and organizational units for their contributions to diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action at UC San Diego.

The annual Inclusive Excellence Awards honors staff, faculty, students, departments, and organizational units or groups that make outstanding contributions in the areas of inclusion, equity, diversity, and the UCSD Principles of Community during the year.

26th Annual Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony

The virtual 26th Annual Inclusive Excellence Awards took place on February 2, 2021.  View the full length virtual program.

Qualities of a Diversity Champion

  • Celebrates cultural differences 
  • Promotes fairness at UC San Diego
  • Makes UC San Diego a better place to work or learn
  • Demonstrates exemplary support of the UCSD Principles of Community

Nominations

Learn more about awards criteria and award nominations.

Recipients

2020 Recipients

2020 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Shelley Halpain, Ph.D. - Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs - Video
  • Caelie Ericksen-Stark - Vice Chancellor Advancement - Video
  • Aileen Serrano - Chancellor's Office - Video
  • Paula Finnegan - Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer - Video
  • Dr. Edwina Welch  - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Video
  • Cheryl A.M. Anderson - Vice Chancellor Health Sciences - Video
  • Women and Minorities in Science at SIO - Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences - Video
  • Luz Molina Lopez - Vice Chancellor Research - Video
  • Noemi Bravo-Rojas - Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning - Video
  • UC San Diego Athletics - Vice Chancellor Student Affairs - Video
  • Marie J. Webber, FACHE - UC San Diego Health - Video

2020 University-wide individual recipients

  • Sonya E. Neal, Ph.D. - Faculty Recipient - Video
  • Lynsey Buerer - Staff Recipient - Video
  • Syreeta Nolan - Student Recipient - Video
  • HDH CONNECT  - University-Wide Departmental/Unit Recipient - Video

Prior Recipients

The following 2020 Diversity Champions were honored at a ceremony on February 4, 2020. Find out more about the awards and ceremony.

2019 Recipients

2019 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Veronica Abreu and Chelsea Richardson - Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs - Video
  • Career Services/Industry Engagement Team - Vice Chancellor Advancement - Video
  • Irma Martinez Velasco - Chancellor's Office - Video
  • Canyon Vista Marketplace - Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer - Video
  • Dr. Laura Kertz  - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Video
  • Marvin Hanashiro - Vice Chancellor Health Sciences - Video
  • Keiara Auzenne - Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences - Video
  • The Basement - Vice Chancellor Research - Video
  • Rhonda C. Mitchell - Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning - Video 
  • Dulce Amor L. Dorado - Vice Chancellor Student Affairs - Video
  • Karen Elizabeth Mitchell-Keels - UC San Diego Health - Video

2019 University-wide individual recipients

  • Daniela Valdez-Jasso - Faculty Recipient  - Video
  • Rafael S. Hernandez - Staff Recipient - Video
  • Ariana Mirian - Student Recipient - Video
  • The Preuss School  - University-Wide Departmental/Unit Recipient - Video

2018 Recipients

2018 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Vicki H. Grassian - Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs - Video
  • Carol J. Hobson - Vice Chancellor Advancement - Video
  • Judy Piercey - Chancellor's Office - Video
  • HDH Residential Success and Community Development - Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer - Video
  • Kiyomi Tsuyuki, PhD MPH - Vice Chancellor Health Sciences - Video
  • Jennifer MacKinnon - Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences - Video
  • Saikat Chakraborty Thakur - Vice Chancellor Research - Video
  • Manuel "Nel" Garcia - Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning - Video
  • Alicia Magallanes, MSW - Vice Chancellor Student Affairs - Video
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Workgroup - UC San Diego Health - Video

2018 University-wide individual recipients

  • Lisa T. Eyler, PhD - Faculty Recipient - Video
  • Kate Edra - Staff Recipient - Video
  • Alyssa J. Griffen - Student Recipient - Video
  • Ship Operations - University-Wide Departmental/Unit Recipient - Video

2017 Recipients

2017 Vice Chancellor recipients 

  • Chandler E. Puritty - Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
  • Danielle R. Dawson - Vice Chancellor Advancement
  • Jaime A. Lopez-Miramontes - Chancellor's Office
  • Yvonne Hernandez Friedman, Ph.D. - Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer
  • Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D. - Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, FAAP - Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
  • Jane K. Willenbring - Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences
  • Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Affairs - Vice Chancellor Research
  • Cynthia Wade Morgan - Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning
  • Daniel Arturo Alfaro Arellano - Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
  • Joselyn Micaela Harris - UC San Diego Health

2017 University-wide individual recipients

  • Alison Coil - Video
  • Ramon A. Hernandez, DrPH, MPH - Video
  • Gennie B. Miranda - Video
  • Radhika Sundararajan, MD, Ph.D. - Video
  • Karin Sandstrom - Video
  • Dr. Ebonee P.M. Williams - Video

2017 University-wide Organizational recipients

  • Society for Women in Graduate Studies (SWIGS) - Video
  • Student Promoted Access for Education & Services (SPACES) - Video

2017 Student Recipient

  • Rosa Parks Tutoring Program - Video

2016 Recipients

 2016 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Professor Darren J. Lipomi - Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
  • Michelle Tillman - Vice Chancellor Advancement
  • Irma Martinez Velasco - Chancellor's Office
  • Housing Dining Hospitality, Cross Training Program - Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Mounir Soliman - Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Autumn Backhaus, PhD - Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
  • SIO Community for Diversity Hire - Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences
  • Center for Energy Research Diversity Committee - Vice Chancellor Research
  • Residential Security Officers - Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning
  • Earl W. Edwards - Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
  • David Mier - UC San Diego Health  

2016 University-wide individual recipients

  • Christine J. Alvarado - Video
  • Alexandra C. Bortnick - Video
  • Jennifer Burney - Video
  • Pamela C. Cosman - Video
  • Cesar Figueroa, Ed.D. - Video
  • Quinn M. Konopacky - Video
  • JoAnn Trejo - Video
  • Belinda Zamacona - Video

2016 University-wide department/unit recipients

  • ArtPower - Video
  • Housing Dining Hospitality, Kosher/Halal Program - Video
  • Initiative for Maximizing Student Development - Video

2016 Student Recipients

  • Jason Dorwart - Video
  • Erick Ramirez Manriquez - Video

2015 Recipients

 2015 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Todd P. Coleman  Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
  • Jessie L. Brooks Vice Chancellor Advancement
  • BFS Strive Leadership Program Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer
  • Daphne V. Taylor-Garcia Vice Chancellor Equit, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Division of Medical Education Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
  • Dr. Stuart A. Sandin Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences 
  • UCSD Community Stations Vice Chancellor Research
  • Manuel Nel Garcia Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning
  • Dr. David Artis Vice Chancellor Student Affiars
  • Dion Brown UC San Diego Health

2015 University-wide individual recipients

2015 University-wide department recipients

  • Center for Student Involvement - Video
  • UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics - Video

2015 Student Recipients

  • Monique Lenae Grimaldi - Video
  • Jennifer Maria Benavides - Video

2014 recipients

2014 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Professor Brian G. Keating – Vice Academic Affairs
  • Alumni and Community Engagement – Vice Chancellor Advancement
  • Marc Cunningham – Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Shaun Travers – Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Scott R. VandenBerg, M.D., Ph.D. – Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
  • Jane L. Teranes – Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences
  • Michael L. Norman – Vice Chancellor Research
  • Deborah A. Centeno – Resource Management & Planning
  • Gary Ratcliff, Ph.D. – Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
  • Thomas Collins – UC San Diego Health

2014 University-wide individual recipients

  • Tamika A. Franklin - Video
  • Olivia A Graeve - Video
  • Mark A. Lawson, Ph.D. - Video
  • Robert S. Pomeroy - Video
  • Adele Savage - Video
  • Dr. Susan S. Yonezawa - Video

2014 University-wide department/unit recipients

  • CREATE STEM Success Initiative Team - Video
  • Student Worker Collective - Video

2014 Student Recipients

  • Colin King - Video
  • Hilda Graciela Uriarte - Video  

2013 Recipients

2013 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • Division of Arts & Humanities High School Outreach Program – Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
  • UC San Diego Emeriti Mentor Program – Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer
  • Edwina Welch, Ed.D. – Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Bess H. Marcus, Ph.D. – Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
  • Cheryl L. Peach – Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences
  • Carlos D. Molina – Vice Chancellor Research
  • Patricia Lea’e – Vice Chancellor Resource Management & Planning
  • Jon Carlos Senour – Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
  • Patricia T. Atanoa – UC San Diego Health

2013 University-wide individual recipients

  • Ellen Beck, M.D. - Video
  • Adam J. Burgasser, Ph.D. -  Video
  • Pedro J. Cabrales, Ph.D. - Video
  • Diane Forbes Berthoud, Ph.D. - Video
  • Amy P. Hsiao - Video
  • Olga A. Vasques, Ph.D. - Video

2013 University-wide department/unit recipients

  • Department of Psychiatry Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues - Video
  • MedEd-Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships - Video
  • Native American Student Alliance (NASA) - Video
  • UC San Diego Overnight Program for Newly Admitted Students - Video

2012 Recipients

2012 Vice Chancellor recipients

  • R. Bruce Arnold – Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
  • Hire Online Team – Vice Chancellor Chief Financial Officer
  • Jill Dumbauld Nery – Vice Chancellor Health Sciences
  • Leslee Matsushige & Fernando Nosratpour – Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences
  • Joseph R. Romero – Resource Management & Planning
  • Ann Klein – Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
  • Aaron J. Byzak – UC San Diego Health

2012 University-wide individual recipients

  • Luis Alvarez - Video
  • Laura Connelly  - Video
  • Nadine George-Graves - Video
  • Davyda Johnson - Video
  • Margie Mathewson - Video
  • Frieder Seible - Video
  • Robina Shaheen, Ph.D. - Video
  • Lakeysha Sowunmi - Video

2012 University-wide department/unit recipients

  • Housing Administrative and Triton Account Services - Video
  • The Village of Residential Life - Video
  • UCSD Extension K-16 Programs - Video
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