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Presidential Award for Diversity and Inclusion

In 2010 the Diversity Council worked to establish the Presidential Award for Diversity and Inclusion. This award is intended to recognize and honor students, faculty, and staff for their efforts aimed at promoting diversity awareness, representation, and inclusion within the Rollins workplace and student community.


Three awards are granted annually each to a student, faculty, and staff member whose contributions and actions over time best exemplify and advance the College’s diversity commitment and objectives as reflected in the nominee criteria below. Recipients are honored at the conclusion of each academic year with an engraved plaque and a monetary award. A group or department may also be nominated and if selected will share the award. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate deserving candidates.


  • All students (first, second or third year only), faculty and staff
  • Must not have been selected as the award’s recipient in the past 5 years
  • Those whose principal job responsibilities at the College involve diversity work are not eligible

Success Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated based on their demonstrated commitment over time to the principles and ideals of diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by efforts to:

  • Advance diversity awareness, knowledge and skills within the Rollins community
  • Promote institutional policies and practices that invite and reinforce inclusiveness
  • Serve as an advocate for the interests of under-represented populations
  • Champion recruitment and retention efforts aimed at improving diversity representation on campus
  • Develop or lead diversity programming and other diversity and intercultural engagement efforts

Selection Process

The Rollins Diversity Council will conduct the nomination screening process and will recommend annual recipients for the award to the president of the College. The award recipients will receive:

  • Students will receive recognition at the Annual Student Leadership Awards.
  • Faculty will receive recognition at the last Faculty Meeting of the academic year.
  • Staff will receive recognition at the Annual Awards Celebration in May.
  • An individualized trophy
  • A monetary award toward a program for the following academic year to advance diversity and inclusion at the College.

Call for Nominations

The 2021-2022 call for nominations is now open: 

Click here to nominate someone!