Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Each year, the Graduate School selects two members of the university community to receive a Commitment to Diversity Award. This award recognizes one graduate student and one faculty member for their outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in graduate education at UMass Amherst.

Selected solely on the strength of nominating letters, each award recipient is recognized annually at the Student of Color Banquet at the end of the Spring semester.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations must come from current graduate students, and should explain why the nominee is deserving of this award.
  • To nominate a graduate student or faculty member, multiple students may compose and submit a single nomination form or submit separate forms as part of a single nomination packet.
  • The award recipient will be chosen by a committee drawn from the staff of the Graduate School.
Ashley Carpenter (left) and Mari Castañeda (right)

2019 Commitment to Diversity Awards

The Graduate School recently selected two members of the university community as recipients of its inaugural Commitment to Diversity Award. Honoring individuals who have significantly enhanced diversity and inclusion in graduate education at UMass, the awards were presented during an April 24 recognition dinner jointly hosted by the Graduate Students of Color Association and the Graduate School.

Photo: Ashley Carpenter (left) and Mari Castañeda (right) receive inaugural Commitment to Diversity Awards