Diversity Council

Michigan Tech's Diversity Council was formed at the request of President Mroz. The council is charged with developing short and long term strategies to further advance the ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts at Michigan Tech. 

Members of the University Diversity Council:
Jill Hodges - Institutional Equity
John Lehman - Ass't VP Enrollment, Marketing and Communication
Elizabeth Reed - Mathematical Sciences
Kellie Raffaelli - Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Terry Sharik - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Brent Burns - Corporate Partnerships

2014 Award Recipient - Linda Ott

2015 Michigan Technological University Diversity Award


The Michigan Technological University Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty and/or staff member of the University who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions. Recipients will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives.


Areas of Achievement:

Leadership in, enhancing and supporting diversity and inclusion efforts can be demonstrated in many ways. Nominations should be based on demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:


  • Activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the diversity of our faculty or staff.
  • Activities to attract, recruit, and ensure the success of students who increase the diversity of our campus community.
  • Activities to create leadership teams and organizations that promote a diverse and inclusive culture for all faculty, staff and students.
  • Sponsorship or active promotion of programs, initiatives, or projects that promote the value of diversity and inclusion.
  • Collaborations with external groups or organizations to ensure a diverse and inclusive campus community and/or support the advancement of diversity.
  • Efforts that demonstrate commitment to cultural diversity in teaching, research and/or service.


Criteria for Selection:

Nominees should be current faculty or staff of the University. Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominees, students, University organizations, employee networks and diversity councils of community or other University partners). Applications will be judged on the following criteria:


  • Demonstration of an outstanding, emerging, or sustained commitment to the values of diversity.
  • Evidence of exceptional efforts to promote a University environment that is free from bias and discrimination.
  • Substantiations of the contribution/s that the individual has made towards advancing diversity and inclusion.


Selection Committee:

 The Michigan Technological University Diversity Award selection committee will be comprised of a subset of the University’s Diversity Council and appointed members from the Corporate Advisory Board.


Award and Celebration:

Award recipients will be honored during the Faculty Awards Dinner (held in September).  Awardees will be highlighted on the Institutional Equity and other appropriate websites. Award recipients will be recognized in University publications. The Michigan Technological University Diversity Award recipient will receive a $2,500 monetary award. They will also receive an award certificate.



March 27, 2015 - Nominations due to the chair of the University Diversity Council (Jill Hodges, Director of Institutional Equity)
April 3, 2015 - Distribution of nomination forms to selection committee
April 24, 2015 - Notification to winner
Fall 2015 - Formal recognition (at Faculty Awards Dinner, held in September)

Instructions for Submitting Nominations:


  • Use a separate Nomination Form for each nominee. Make sure the contact information is accurate and complete.
  • Nomination form
  • A nomination statement should be attached to this form and should not exceed two pages. The nomination statement should specifically identify the individual’s exceptional contributions and accomplishments.
  • Submit two additional letters of support for the nomination. Ideally, one of the letters of support should be from the individual’s supervisor, department chair, director, or dean.


Completed nomination packets should be submitted to:

Jill Hodges, PhD
Director Institutional Equity Office Room 308,
Administration Building