Diversity Award from the State Council on Affirmative Action

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Diversity Awards!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The State Council on Affirmative Action (SCAA) is pleased to announce the reopening of its nomination period for the 2021 Diversity Awards.  This year's Diversity Award program will feature four award categories with the intention of recognizing state agencies, educational institutions, and employees who have made significant contributions to the progress of equity and inclusion within Wisconsin. Nominations are due by Friday, September 3rd!


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 ​Outstanding Leadership and ​Lifetime of Service ​diversity 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 equity, acceptance, and understanding of different backgrounds.

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.

Nomination Process:

Please review the below award criteria as it contains a detailed description of the nomination process and eligibility​ requirements. Nominations should be submitted by email to Nicole Bailie at nicole.bailie@wisconsin.gov with the subject line "Diversity Awards" by the end of the day on Friday, September 3rd, 2021. 

2021 Award Criteria:

Award Selection

​​The State Council members on Affirmative Action, representing diverse communities across the state, will review all nominations and rate them according to the selection criteria. Winners of this year's awards will be notified by September 27th, 2021 of their selection.  The awards will be conferred in a ceremony at the Capitol in the Assembly Chambers on October 29, 2021.  More details surrounding the awards ceremony will be shared soon.

Questions: If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Bailie by e-mail at nicole.bailie@wisconsin.gov.

Previous Diversity Awards Programs:

For the 2020 Diversity Awards program, the SCAA created the below video in honor of two decades full of significant strides towards a more equitable and inclusive workforce, honoring every winner of the Diversity Awards throughout the years. For any additional information regarding the previous years' winners or for more information on the history of the awards or the Council, please contact Nicole Bailie at nicole.bailie@wisconsin.gov.