Diversity Award from the State Council on Affirmative Action

​​​​​​​Celebrating 20 Years of Diversi​ty Award Winners​​​​​​​​

In honor of two decades full of significant strides towards a more equitable and inclusive workforce, the State Council on Affirmative Action is proud to present a video montage honoring every winner of the Diversity Awards throughout the years. We look forward to again receiving your nominations for the 2021 Diversity Awards next year.


​About the Diversity Awards​

The SCAA established the Diversity Award in 2000 to recognize the achievements of outstanding affirmative action and equal employment opportunity practices among state agencies.  The Diversity Award is structured to recognize state agencies, Wisconsin Technical Colleges and UW campuses for their strong commitment to the recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse classified workforce as measured by the creation of programs, initiatives, and practices.
In addition to the annual Diversity Award, the SCAA began recognizing institutions of higher learning in 2003 for their exceptional efforts in preparing minorities, women, and persons with disabilities for employment in the State of Wisconsin.  In 2004, the award was named The Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award to honor UW-River Falls Chancellor Ann Lydecker.  The Ann Lydecker Award is structured to recognize exceptional efforts made by University of Wisconsin campuses for their recruitment and retention of a diverse student and faculty workforce as evidenced by data showing improved outcomes.
The SCAA also awards Program Achievement commendations to participating agencies and higher learning institutions as part of the Diversity Award selection process. The Program Achievement award recognizes efforts that demonstrate strong commitment, initiative or innovation to address diversity issues within state employment and higher education.
The ​Outstanding Leadership and ​Lifetime of Service individual ​awards were created in 2019 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Diversity Award.  These awards recognize state employees state employees in leadership roles or with 15+ years of service, employed by state agencies, Wisconsin Technical Colleges and University of Wisconsin system campuses who have exhibited exemplary service in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and wellness.  These awards are given to individuals who have created and maintained an inclusive, healthy, and positive work environment, and promoted acceptance and understanding of different backgrounds.

Award Criteria:
Questions: If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Guardiola by e-mail at nicoler.guardiola@wisconsin.gov or by telephone at (608)266-5709.

Prior Awards: The 2019 Diversity Award Ceremony was held last year on Thursday, October 22th, 2019 at the State Capitol.  The ceremony highlights from 2014 - 2018 can be viewed in the SCAA Honors Publication of 2018.pdf.


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