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IHL Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Faculty Applications are submitted through Workflow. To apply/submit an application, log in to Digital Measures, click on Workflow, then select the specific award application.

Staff Applications are submitted via this FORM or email to allison.gillespieFREEMississippi

Faculty applicants click HERE to access Digital Measures, then Click on Workflow. Contact Allison%20Gillespie with questions.


Excerpt from IHL Board Policy Diversity Statement #102.06: One of the strengths of Mississippi is the diversity of its people. This diversity enriches higher education and contributes to the capacity that our students develop for living in a multicultural and interdependent world. Our system of government, rooted in respect for all people and respect for each individual, is based on understanding. Embracing diversity of thought, cultural background, experience, and identity helps to foster inclusive and intellectually enriched campus communities that maximize opportunities for success among all students and employees.

The IHL Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion recognizes a faculty member or a staff member who has demonstrated positive advancement of diversity on campus and within the University community. Each Mississippi IHL university, as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine, will submit one nomination for consideration of the state award. The state-wide recipient and the other university nominees will be recognized at the IHL Board meeting each February.


Full-time faculty and staff members with a minimum of three years experience at USM are eligible.


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"Nominees will be evaluated based on positive contributions to the campus and the state, including advancing diversity on campus and within the university campus community. Nominees will also be evaluated on ability to create new and progressive best practices that support effective teaching and learning strategies, recruitment and engagement; evidence of civic and community involvement as well as professional memberships, honors and awards relation to diversity."

The nominee must have made specific contributions towards diversity and inclusion on campus in one or more of the following categories:

  • Demonstrating a consistent pattern of diversity and inclusion activities that promote recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations.
  • Exhibiting visionary and insightful leadership to cultivate and promote diversity and inclusion initiatives that confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, and establishment of priorities that foster a more inclusive and equitable learning environment.
  • Exhibiting new and progressive best practices that support diversity and inclusion goals through the use of technology and innovative approaches.
  • Contributing to curriculum planning and implementation that is more inclusive of the needs and interests of underrepresented

Supporting Documentation

Applicants should submit the following documentation via Workflow in Digital Measures that will provide:

  1. CV (include years of service at USM;  publications, grants, and other major efforts related to promoting diversity; list of professional memberships and organizations; and a list of honors and awards; and civic and community involvement. 
  2. One page, single-spaced narrative of your contributions to the positive advancement of diversity on campus at Southern Miss and within the University community with:
    • Specific, detailed activities of efforts that have encouraged students of historically underrepresented and diverse populations to participate actively in campus life and activities.
    • Examples of occurrences of the creation and implementation of new and progressive best practices that support diversity and inclusion through the use of technology and innovative approaches.
  3. Two letters of support from faculty, administrators or staff (each letter of support must address how the candidate has demonstrated positive advancement of diversity and has been involved in community and civic activities). The letters may be uploaded by the applicant or may be sent from the letter writer to Allison Gillespie (allison.gillespieFREEMississippi). Make sure to use the following subject line:

IHL Award Nomination - Name of Nominee


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