CAFE Diversity Award

CAFE Diversity Award

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     The College of Agriculture Food and Environment recognizes the role of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A) as being essential to the growth, structure, and continued success of our organization. DEI&A should be an inherent trait of any organization that is manifested in the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values, and beliefs as assets to a group or organization in which they interact.

     The Diversity and Inclusion Awards are given to those individuals who best demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility during their time as students or employees of the College.


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DEIA Winner 2023

DEIA Winner 2023

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  • Nominees will be recognized at the 2023 RoundUp! 
  • Awardees will each receive $500.
  • All nominators and nominees should plan on attending the ceremony. 
  • Nominee must be a regular, full-time staff or faculty member (at least .75 FTE) or full-time student in the M-G College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 
  • Nominee must have been a regular M-G CAFE employee for at least three years or a student for at least one year. 
  • Only one person may be nominated per nomination form (no team nominations).
  • Previous nominees may be nominated, but not previous awardees.
  • Post-retirement, contractual, and temporary M-G CAFE employees are not eligible.
  • Members of the M-G CAFE DEIA Awards committee are not eligible.

  • Any staff member, faculty member, or student of CAFE may nominate a faculty member, staff member, or student.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Multiple people may work together to nominate the same individual. This is preferred rather than more than one nomination being submitted for the same nominee.
  • The same nominator may nominate more than one person, but not on the same form.

One award will be given for each of the following four categories:

  1. Extension specialists and faculty of all title series
  2. Non-Extension staff
  3. Extension staff
  4. Students

Each awardee will receive an engraved plaque and $500.


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These are the definitions that the awards committee will use! 

Includes all visible and nonvisible dimensions that make a person who they are, 

  • Encompassing all human characteristics, ideas, perceptions, values, beliefs, experiences, preferences, behaviors, learning and communication styles, and backgrounds. 
  • Diversity requires that institutions create a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that honors and respects those differences. 

The removal of systemic barriers, and the provision of and access to opportunities, networks, resources, and support in an impartial environment free from bias or favoritism, applied equally across all people. 

Inclusion is an active, intentional, and continuous process to address inequities in power and privilege and build a respectful and diverse community that ensures welcoming spaces and opportunities to flourish for all. 

Making sure that physical and psychological obstacles do not prevent individual achievement or participation. 

Nomination Form

Have someone in mind to nominate? Click here to begin your nomination. Nominations open August 1, 2023 - September 2, 2023.

Nomination Form

Nomination Rubric

Learn more on how your nomination will be scored.


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Contact Information

Dr. Mia Farrell, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

S101A Ag. Science Center North Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 218-4800