Excellence in Diversity Awards

Virtual Award Ceremony

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

A video link to the award ceremony will be added on this page.
No registration required.

About the Event

In 1990, MSU launched the Excellence in Diversity Awards to celebrate diversity and it quickly became a nationally recognized model.

The office and the selection team have decided to pause the 2021-22 award cycle to review and align the program with MSU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan.

The office appreciates your patience as we find ways to enhance the awards to support our efforts towards achieving meaningful change at MSU. After this brief hiatus, the coveted awards will be relaunched in the 2022-23 academic year.

2020-2021 Selection Team

  • Hilda Mejia Abreu
  • John Beck
  • Craig Gunn
  • Bess German
  • Kevin Leonard
  • James Lucas
  • Florene McGlothian-Taylor
  • Jeff Wray


2020-21 Excellence in Diversity Award Winners

Individual Award: Emerging Progress

  • Amber Benton, Director of Diversity Programming & Student Engagement, James Madison College
  • Laura Scales, Academic Specialist, Department of Theatre
  • Quentin Tyler, Associate Dean and Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 

Individual Award: Sustained Efforts toward Excellence in Diversity

  • Susan Ewart, Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Individual Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Dave Weatherspoon, Professor, Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Team Award: Emerging Progress

Team Award: Sustained Efforts toward Excellence in Diversity

Organization Award: Excellent Progress toward Advancing Diversity within Community