The ACE Awards
About the ACE Awards
The Accountability, Climate and Equity (ACE) Awards, formerly known as the Diversity Awards, were renamed in 2016 in the spirit of the goals of the Texas A&M University Diversity Plan (http://diversity.tamu.edu/Diversity-Plan). As the Texas A&M Diversity Plan outlines, The Aggie family is diverse. The ACE Awards recognize the appreciation of our diversity, which involves an exploration of individual differences in a safe, positive, welcoming, and nurturing academic environment. The ACE Awards center the three overarching goals of the Diversity Plan: Accountability, Climate, and Equity, which are infused throughout the award categories and are considered criteria for nomination.
The ACE Awards acknowledge and honor students, faculty and staff in honor of their demonstrated commitment to the Texas A&M core value of RESPECT by promoting respectful treatment of others, affirming and encouraging individuals to take pride in their social and cultural identities, and including all in their definition of the “Aggie Family”. The Awards are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Office for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Disability Services, Women’s Resource Center, Aggie Allies, the Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships Office and the Student Government Association Diversity Commission.
The ACE Award categories include the Diversity Service Award, Gary Gray Memorial Student Recognition Award, Partners in Learning Award of Excellence, Aggie Allies Rainbow Award, Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award, Women’s Progress Award and Stand Up Award.
Student nominees must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, who demonstrate commitment to an improved environment for women students and commitment to women’s issues through volunteer work, elected position, advocacy, and/or other forms of leadership on or off campus.
Staff nominees must be non-faculty employees, who strive to improve the work environment for women and positively promote women in the workplace.
Faculty nominees must be tenure or non-tenure track faculty, who foster an environment that is supportive to the needs of women and provide class content and lectures that are inclusive in their approach and sensitivity to women’s issues.
Administrator nominees must be at department head level or above and encourage and direct attention to an improved environment for women through policy formation, goal-setting, programs, staff selection, etc. and positively promote women’s issues in the workplace.
Award recipients receive a commemorative item and $250 monetary award.
For more information regarding the award process contact Dr. Tonya Driver, Director of the Department of Multicultural Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations may be submitted by any member of the University community (co-worker, supervisor, adviser, dean or department head, student). No self-nominations will be reviewed.
Nominations must be submitted online and include 1) a nomination letter from the nominator and 2) two additional letters of support.
Nomination statements, including specific examples, should describe the nominee’s eligibility for an award focused on Accountability, Climate, and Equity as outlined in the Texas A&M Diversity Plan (http://diversity.tamu.edu/Diversity-Plan) and how the nominee meets the specific award’s criteria as outlined in the Awards Categories section. Letters of support are submitted with the understanding that the individual or group is being nominated and should shed additional rationale as to why the nominee is an ideal candidate for the award. For faculty and staff nominees, greater consideration will be given to those individuals whose accomplishments are above and beyond standard job responsibilities.
Review and selection of the Diversity Service Awards will be coordinated by the Department of Multicultural Services. The Rainbow Award and The Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award will be selected by Aggie Allies. The Gary Gray Memorial Student Recognition Award and The Partners in Learning Award of Excellence will be selected by staff from the Department of Disability Services. The Women’s Progress Award will be selected by a committee convened by the Women’s Resource Center. The Stand Up Award will be selected by staff of the Department of Multicultural Services, Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships Office and Student Government Association Diversity Commission.