Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award

What is the Award?

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) values diversity in its people and programs and strives to foster a diverse, inclusive, fair, and respectful community. The Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award was created in honor of Shirley O'Brien for her exemplary work in promoting diversity and an inclusive environment within ALVSCE and across campus. We believe that her efforts, in keeping with the division's emphasis on diversity and inclusion in its student body, faculty and programs, deserve recognition. The award will be given annually and will include a plaque and monetary gift of $1,000. We encourage members of the faculty, staff, appointed professionals, and student body to nominate individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of diversity and inclusion within the division. Please think broadly about the terms diversity and inclusion.

Who can be Nominated/Who can Nominate?

All faculty, staff, and appointed professionals in ALVSCE are eligible for nomination and can be nominated by any administrative head, faculty member, staff member, appointed professional, student or student organization.

Information to be Provided in the Nominating Petition:

The nomination form and a nominating letter (one to two pages in length) should provide specific examples of how the nominee has actively promoted the goals of diversity, inclusive excellence, fairness, and respect within their workplace. Activities include but are not limited to teaching, training, mentoring, research, extension, and outreach and should cover both day-to-day interactions and the participation in or organization of special events. The nomination may be accompanied by up to two additional letters of support.

Shirley O’Brien Diversity and Inclusion Award Nomination Form

Selection Procedure and Criteria

A selection committee will be appointed by the Vice President of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension. The nominee should excel in one or more of the areas listed below:

  • Special efforts to recruit graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, appointed personnel and/or staff from underrepresented groups (as defined on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, and sexual orientation).
  • Special efforts to retain and/or mentor graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, appointed personnel and/or staff from underrepresented groups.
  • Special efforts to aid people from underrepresented groups in obtaining access to leadership training and/or professional development.
  • Special efforts to foster a fair, diverse, and inclusive university community that respects the rights of all its members.
  • Special efforts to develop a curriculum or program that promotes diversity and inclusive excellence in ALVSCE and/or the university community.

How to Submit Nominations

Please send the nomination form, nominating letter* and up to two additional letters* of support to the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council with the subject: "Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award Nomination for [nominee name]"  via e-mail: inclusive@cals.arizona.edu or internal mail: P.O. Box 210036, Forbes 322. For further information, contact Ursula Schuch, Chair, ALVSCE Diversity and Inclusion Council, E-mail: uschuch@email.arizona.edu.

*please note that nomination and support letters may be shared with the nominee

Previous Recipients of the Shirley O'Brien Diversity & Inclusion Award

2018 - Betty Thompson, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension

2017 - Betsy Arnold, School of Plant Sciences

2016 - Andrea Romero, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

2015 - Russell B. Toomey, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

2014 - Melissa Barnett, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

2013 - Patricia Stock, Department of Entomology; Ramin Yadegari, School of Plant Sciences

2012 - Melissa Curran, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences; Teresa Noon, Extension Programs

2007 - Julie Camp Adamcin, 4-H Youth Development, Pima County Cooperative Extension

2006 - Stephen Russell, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

2005 - Graduate Student Showcase Committee, School of Natural Resources: Mitch McClaran, David Breshears, Courtney Conway, Melanie Culver, John Koprowski, Phil Guertin, Dawn Browning, Vicki Garcia