Diversity Award from the State Council on Affirmative Action


​Congratulations to this year's Diversity Award Winners!​​​​​​​​

The Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action (SCAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th Annual Diversity Awards. The Council received 23 competitive nominations this year recognizing state agencies, universitie​s and employees for contributions to diversity efforts.


The 2019 Diversity Award goes to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, for the Wisconsin Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness Program and its strong commitment to providing apprenticeship opportunities and training support for underrepresented populations throughout the state.

The 2019 Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award goes to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where John and Patty Noel have offered the Noel Compass Scholars Program since 1996, providing full scholarships to attend UW-Stevens Point, internships and other opportunities to students of color at Wisconsin high schools, helping close the achievement gap and prepare for successful careers. 

Program Awards for Outstanding Achievement will go to the Department of Transportation for the Aviation Career Education Program and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for the Little Scholars Program.

The Outstanding Leadership Award will go to State Patrol Superintendent Anthony (Tony) L. Burrell of the Department of Transportation for the work he has done in encouraging employment of minorities in law enforcement and fostering a relationship with law enforcement and communities in the Milwaukee area.

The Lifetime of Service Award will go to Dr. Roger L. Pulliam, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for marking his nearly 60-year career in education with an unrelenting devotion to repres​enting, including, and advocating for minority students and educators, and promoting the success of his students and community.​

The full press release announcing this year's winners can be found HERE.

​​Join us October 24th at 12:30pm in the State Capitol Assembly Chambers to honor and celebrate this year's awardees.  


In addition to honoring this year's Diversity Awards winners, the awards ceremony will also recognize the winner of the annual Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award.  ​​​There will be a reception in the parlor following the ceremony program.​

​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.

2019 Requests for Nominations:
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 2018 Diversity Award Ceremony was held last year on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 in the Senate Parlor 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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