The Excelsior sculpture was created by local artist Gary Kahle. The design conveys the concept of "ever upward - reaching great heights but continuing to strive for more." The two columns connect to a complete circle, representing how individuals working together can come full circle to do great things.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
The annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award recognize the significant achievements of faculty, staff, departments and organizations that are developing and enhancing a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive university community.
Each spring, an individual and a group are honored with this award during a special ceremony highlighting their work. The ceremony includes a keynote address focusing on a timely topic, crucial to advancing diversity and inclusion in our community.
2020 Awards Ceremony and Keynote Address
Keynote Address by Vice Chancellor Jerrihlyn McGee, DNP, RN, CNE
Individual award: Ryan K. Gove, MS
Director of Student Life, Academic and Student Affairs
Group Award: University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center Outreach
Recruitment and Engagement Core Team
Learn more about past Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award award recipients.