The UPSIDE Award

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking nominations for the 2020 University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive and Diverse Excellence (“UPSIDE”). The amount of the award this year will be $10,000.

Consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan, UPSIDE will be presented to the outstanding University of Pittsburgh school, division, initiative or program area (“Programs”) making a significant contribution to increasing diversity and inclusion. UPSIDE will acknowledge those Programs that seek to increase access to and full participation in all aspects of the University by minorities, women and other protected classes under the law.

Factors for consideration include:

  • A consistent record of commitment and success in diversity and inclusion efforts and related initiatives that impact the University community. There will be greater consideration given to those nominations that include multiple years of documented achievements for the reviewing committee to consider;
  • Innovative approaches to increasing diversity and inclusion within the University community in areas such as recruitment, retention, promotion, academic, and other programming and business activities or enterprises; and
  • Creative and inspiring plans for future initiatives, particularly plans developed with cross-unit partners, and which illustrate innovative approaches.

Programs previously nominated but not selected are encouraged to seek nomination again. Self-nominations are permitted.

Nominations must be submitted on or before Wednesday, October 7, 2020 via the 2020 UPSIDE award nomination online submission form.

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2019 UPSIDE Award Winner

2018 UPSIDE Award Winner

2017 UPSIDE Award Winner

2016 UPSIDE Award Winner