Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity is a grant presented annually to a distinguished faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley based on outstanding contributions in enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice.

  • Criteria: Faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by providing leadership to advance equitable access to education, address the needs of California's diverse population through public service, or highlight inequalities through rigorous scholarly research.
  • Deadline for Nominations: November 11, 2022
  • Award: $10,000 placed into a departmental account to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
  • Administered by: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion.

CAAIEE artwork 2016

Art: Shirley Li, 2016 CAAIEE

Purpose of the Award

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to excellence, equity, and inclusion in every facet of its mission. Teaching, research, and public service contributions that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice are essential to maintaining UC Berkeley's preeminence as a world-class academic institution. The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity acknowledges outstanding achievement by faculty in pursuit of the University's mission to create an inclusive environment, serve the needs of our increasingly diverse state, and highlight inequalities in society and the pathways to resolving them.


The criteria for the award are based on those in the University of California Academic Personnel Manual (APM 210-d) for appointment or promotion of faculty members. The policy states: "These contributions to diversity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California's diverse population, or research in a scholar's area of expertise that highlights inequalities.” While nominees will usually be members of the Academic Senate, clinical faculty, teaching faculty, and other long-term faculty may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Illustrations of demonstrated leadership in these areas may include:

  • Mentoring undergraduate or graduate students who are members of groups who are historically or currently underrepresented in their field and/or whose background and experiences contribute to campus diversity.
  • Engaging in innovative research that enhances our understanding of race, class, gender, culture and other identities affecting access and opportunity in our society.
  • Creating curriculum to enable the development of student intercultural competence to compete in today's global society.
  • Implementing effective strategies to address the barriers that have prevented full participation of students from historically or currently underrepresented groups in higher education and the professoriate.
  • Developing or partnering with academic preparation or academic support programs that enhance the educational opportunities of underserved populations.
  • Exceptional sustained committee or administrative service that has significantly enhanced policy or processes that advance the principles of equity, inclusion, belonging and justice on the UC Berkeley campus.
  • Crucial contributions to campus culture, practices, or programs that have had a demonstrable and important effect in helping the campus achieve its diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice goals.
  • Establishing partnerships with business and industry that respond to mutual needs to foster diversity and equity in teaching, research, and public service.
  • Serving activities or organizations related to equity, inclusion, diversity and justice at the regional, statewide or national level.

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity honors leadership in research, teaching and public or university service and is intended to encourage continued success. Nominations, therefore, should emphasize recent (within the last five years) concrete accomplishments in these areas, particularly those from which other faculty, departments or programs can benefit. The nomination should highlight the extent of involvement and the overall contributions of the candidate.

Nomination Process

Submit the following nomination materials electronically to Vice Chancellor Dania Matos c/o Amy Scharf at Please submit all items together in a single, combined PDF file.

  1. A letter of nomination from a department chair or faculty member, paying particular attention to how the nominee's activities reflect the criteria noted above, of no more than four single-spaced pages.
  2. A letter of support from a Dean.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from those who can give testimony to the extent and effectiveness of the nominee's contributions.
  4. A curriculum vitae demonstrating the track record of the nominee.
  5. A brief description of the work the nominee is doing and how the award funds will be used to enhance and continue their efforts, of no more than four single-spaced pages.
  6. Any supporting documents as appropriate (e.g., media coverage, teaching evaluations).

Award Ceremony

Each year recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity are honored with a ceremony and reception. This year's reception will be held in March 2022.

Information and Assistance

If you have questions about the award or the selection process, please contact:

Amy Scharf
Director of Faculty and Departmental Diversity Initiatives
Division of Equity & Inclusion