The UPSIDE Award


The University of Pittsburgh is seeking nominations for the 2021 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, department, or office (“Units”) making a significant contribution to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion. UPSIDE will acknowledge those Units that seek to increase access to and full participation in all aspects of the University by traditionally underrepresented groups.

Factors for consideration include:

A consistent record of commitment and success in equity, 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 fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion within the University community in areas such as campus climate, recruitment/retention, professional development, academic success, 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.

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

Nominations must be submitted on or before Friday, December 3, 2021 via the 2021 UPSIDE award nomination form.

Learn about the Center on Race and Social Problems, which received the 2020 UPSIDE Award.

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2019 UPSIDE Award Winner

2018 UPSIDE Award Winner

2017 UPSIDE Award Winner

2016 UPSIDE Award Winner