DEI Leadership Award

About the Award

The EDUCAUSE DEI Leadership Award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community with clear positive impacts in areas as a result of these efforts. This award is our highest recognition for individual achievement related to DEI and is awarded annually.

Awards will be made at the discretion of the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee which may choose to grant one award, no award, or multiple awards in any one year.

Nomination Requirements

Anyone may submit a nomination for the DEI Leadership Award with the candidate's permission. Nominations must clearly document why the candidate should be considered, above all others, for this distinguished award. All nominations must contain sufficient information to inform the selection process without additional research. Each nomination submitted must adhere to the following outline and page counts.

The nomination must include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume (upload)
    Include with the nomination the candidate's vitae or professional resume to provide the selection committee with a more comprehensive overview of the candidate's accomplishments and experiences. Please note the CV or resume is not a substitute for any of the required information listed below.
  2. Description of how the candidate fulfills the criteria described under the "Guidelines and Eligibility" section for this award (upload).  (750-1200 words/2-4 pages)
  3. Each nomination submitted must adhere to the following outline and page counts. Please note: After reviewing the initial nomination submissions, the Recognition Committee may ask for and require three additional reference letters to assist in the evaluation of the candidates under consideration.

Guidelines and Eligibility

  • Candidates must be or have been contributing members of our professional community, directly associated with managing information technology and resources in higher education, and individuals who have made significant and demonstrable contributions to the field. 
  • Candidates may not be currently serving on the EDUCAUSE Board, staff, or Recognition Committee.
  • Anyone within or outside of higher education may submit nominations for the award.
  • Each candidate will be judged on three primary factors:
    • Leadership of DEI-related initiatives in the institution or institutions where they have been or are employed,
    • Leadership of DEI-related initiatives in EDUCAUSE, and
    • Leadership of DEI-related initiatives in the profession.
  • In addition, the Recognition Committee will also look for evidence of tangible results in areas such as those called out in the EDUCAUSE CIO DEI Commitment:
    • Raising awareness about challenges and opportunities related to DEI in the technology field, and working to raise awareness departmentally and institutionally.
    • Working to increase opportunities for women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities to be information technology professionals and leaders.
    • Working with EDUCAUSE and other professional organizations to encourage efforts to make transparent and publish technology workforce demographic data.
    • Raising awareness of institutional and/or regional demographic trends and work toward creating an institutional and/or regional technology workforce that keeps up with demographic trends.
    • Partnering with institutional colleagues to create/advance programs that aim to expand opportunities and eliminate the barriers for students from underrepresented populations interested in computer science, data sciences, and other technology-related fields, in undergraduate education and post-graduation programs.
    • Advocating for DEI practices, helping to develop appropriate DEI practices, resources, and tools, and mentoring colleagues seeking to contribute to DEI efforts.

Are you unsure if the candidate you would like to nominate qualifies for an award?

Please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be happy to answer questions about the nominations process, guidelines, or eligibility.


The next call for award nominations will open in February 2022.


Award recipients are recognized at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and receive complimentary registration, travel, and housing for the conference. Recipients are also given a session at the annual conference and a $3,000 honorarium toward another EDUCAUSE event or the option of donating the amount to the EDUCAUSE scholarship fund. Highlights of their accomplishments are also added to the award gallery on the EDUCAUSE website.

Recipients will also earn an EDUCAUSE microcredential as a way to digitally document and display their achievement.


See previous DEI Leadership Award recipients.