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Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award

The Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of one individual, team, or organization in the Ryerson University community, who advanced equity, diversity and inclusion at Ryerson through outstanding dedication and excellence in providing services for diverse populations, fostering an inclusive environment inside and/or outside the classroom, and/or addressing equity.

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions).

Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $4,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Student Nominations:

To nominate a student for achievements in equity, diversity and inclusion, please visit the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Student Award Guidelines for details and nominations instructions.

The Office of the Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) provides the strategic leadership, advocacy, education and coordination needed to address equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the entire university community and to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff. It is in this spirit that the Alan Shepard EDI award was developed.

Key criteria: Equity, diversity and inclusion; people first

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations

Who can be nominated?

  • Ryerson faculty and staff (i.e. Senior Administrator or Director, MAC, CUPE 233, CUPE 3904, or OPSEU), with at least two years of service, employed on a career or term basis.
    • Note: Individuals who have EDI responsibilities are not excluded from consideration; however, it is understood that nominees’ contributions and work that is above and beyond their basic responsibilities are being considered.
    • Students are eligible to be nominated for the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Student Award.
  • Individuals can only be nominated for one award per year.
  • Nominations are only valid for the year in which they are submitted and must be based on achievements within the past year.
  • Recipients of this award may not receive the same award for the following two academic years.
Who can submit a nomination?

Faculty, staff or students can submit nominations.

Students should contact the Dean or Senior Director’s Office for assistance in submitting a nomination.

Award criteria

The award will celebrate employees who advanced equity, diversity and inclusion at Ryerson in one or more of the following areas:

  • Champion and demonstrate behaviours reflecting equity, diversity and inclusion - serves on departmental, faculty, and/or university committees and champions EDI; demonstrates inclusive leadership; promotes the importance of EDI.
  • Identify and address systemic barriers to full participation in university life - develops, supports, and/or implements administrative and organizational structures to coordinate and monitor EDI progress; institutionalizes systemic processes that minimize and/or eliminate barriers to EDI; champions policies and/or practices to make the learning environment more inclusive, equitable and accessible.
  • Develop innovative programs that enhance Ryerson’s ability to facilitate full participation - infuses EDI into curriculum and promotes pedagogical strategies that encourage student involvement and respect for diverse perspectives; recruits, hires, retains, and promotes employees who will enhance EDI across the university; provides professional development activities that assist employees in the understanding of their own and other cultures.
  • Serve and provide access and opportunities to underrepresented students, faculty and/or staff - serves diverse demographic populations to increase access and participation in access related programs; recruits and retains students from a diversity of backgrounds; creates and/or implements programs and activities to foster an inclusive campus environment
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission.
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website.
  4. Nominee receives confirmation email with link to provide online consent before the deadline. This step must be completed before the deadline.

Student Nominations:

To nominate a student for achievements in equity, diversity and inclusion, please visit the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Student Award Guidelines for details and nominations instructions.

Nomination package

The nomination package includes:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) – Highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication if the nominee or team is selected.
  • Supporting Statement (two page maximum) – Describe the nominee’s achievements and impact by putting forward a persuasive argument that speaks explicitly and directly to each of the criteria. For team nominations, briefly describe each team member’s specific contribution.
  • Minimum of two and no more than five Letters of Support (one page maximum each). Note that only the first five letters will be read and considered by the selection committee. Provide examples related to the criteria of why the nominee should receive the award. Letters should reflect the broadness of the nominee’s contributions. Note: support letters cannot be written by the nominator or members of the Executive or Selection Committee.
  • Visit Tips for Preparing a Strong Nomination Package for more assistance.

 

Team nomination instructions:

  • Teams must have between two and ten individuals. Please contact the award administrator if your team has more than ten individuals.
  • Submit the nomination under the team lead's name. If there is no team lead, select one team member's name.
Selection process

The selection committee’s mandate is to select high-quality candidates, whose achievements meet or exceed the award criteria and help advance Ryerson’s values. The selection committee will be broadly representative of the Ryerson community, including faculty, staff and students. The Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion will serve as chair and identity members to serve on the committee.

All nominations are reviewed, with priority consideration given to nominees who have not received a Ryerson award in the past. An award will not be given if the committee determines there is no suitable candidate.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 22
Award presentation: Ryerson Awards Night

Contact

Marietta Clement
Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
marietta.clement@ryerson.ca
416-979-5000, ext. 3167

Calendar

Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at two events:

Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awards Celebration

Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award please contact:

Marietta Clement
Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
marietta.clement@ryerson.ca
416-979-5000, ext. 3167