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 Vice Chancellor's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards recognize the significant achievements of faculty, staff, students, departments and organizations that are developing and enhancing a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive KU Medical Center 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, equity and inclusion in our KU Medical Center community.
2021 Awards Ceremony and Keynote Address
Keynote Address by Bridgette L. Jones, MD, MSc, FAAAAI, FAAP
Medical Director, Office of Equity and Diversity
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Individual Award: Kristina Bridges, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Individual Award: Jason Glenn, Ph.D.
Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine
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.