Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity


The Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity recognizes the contributions of any Kent State University unit that demonstrates significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion. The Unity Award for Diversity honors units for their commitment to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. The award recipient is announced during Kent State's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Read about the 2020 Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity Recipient, Fashion School NYC Studio


Award Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility for the Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity
  • Any group nominated for the Award must be a unit of the KSU community (all eight campuses). This group includes but is not limited to: Divisions, Departments, Schools, Offices, and Centers. Student groups are not eligible for this award.      
  •  No group shall be eligible to receive the award more than once every three years.
  • Nominees for the Award may be any group whose primary responsibilities are not focused on diversity and inclusion, but who routinely and voluntarily makes diversity and inclusion a priority in much of what they do; or the nominee may be one whose major responsibilities are implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives, but who also consistently explores unique ways to go above and beyond expectations.   
  • Nominees’ actions must reflect progressive change in areas of inclusive excellence in diversity. Nominees may be recognized for programs, policies, procedures, curriculum, instruction, recruitment, retention, promotion, and/or avocation as related to successful diversity initiatives.
  • If a selection committee member’s unit is nominated, the member shall abstain from voting for the awardee.
Selection Criteria for the Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity
  • Nominees shall meet the eligibility requirements detailed above. 
  • The selection committee shall determine that the nominee has clearly demonstrated superior commitment to the enhancement, development and sustainability of inclusive excellence in diversity based on the following:
  • The nominee has a record of progressive change in the areas of inclusive excellence and diversity.
  • The nominee made significant contributions to the cause of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.
  • The nominee’s achievements have been attested to by persons who are familiar with their achievements in diversity.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shana Lee, Director for Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, at (330) 672-8582 or