The College of Agricultural Sciences Diversity Coordinating Council and the Office of Multicultural Affairs awards the Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award to a student annually. The award winners will receive a certificate of achievement, recognition on a permanent plaque mounted in the lobby of the Agricultural Administration Building, and a $300.00 award. The award winners will be publicly recognized at an appropriate College or department event, as well as, in other media formats.


To recognize distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in agricultural sciences.

Diversity is the variety of cultures, world views, values and personal experiences that may result from differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geographic region, disability, and more. See the diversity website for a more extensive definition of diversity.


All enrolled students (graduate and undergraduate) in the College of Agricultural Sciences are eligible to receive the award. Diversity activities/experiences included in the nomination must have occurred prior to March 2019. Students who graduate in December 2018 are eligible. Student nominees' academic records and conduct histories will be checked to determine eligibility.

Criteria for Nominees

The following criteria will be considered when selecting the award recipient:

  • Demonstrated understanding of, appreciation for, and advocacy of diversity issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment, in which the values of diversity and multiculturalism are understood, developed, and promoted.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principal of diversity through activities which include relationships with or promote understanding of multicultural populations.

Nomination Submission Details

Nominations may be made by students, college and extension faculty, staff, technical support staff, administrators, alumni or clientele of the University. Submit a letter of nomination and one letter of support using the online nomination form below. The nomination should not exceed 600 words. Nomination materials should address the selection criteria and clearly describe the nominee's contribution to the College diversity effort. Links to other supplemental materials can be embedded within the nomination letter or letter of support. Do not include other separate documents with the nomination.

Nomination Deadline

All nominations should be submitted by March 1, 2019. The award winner will be recognized at an appropriate college event.

Selection Process

A sub-committee of the Diversity Coordinating Council will evaluate nominations, select finalists, and recommend one undergraduate and one graduate student award winner to the Dean.

Online Nomination Form

Nominate a student for the Dr. William L. Henson Diversity Achievement Award.

About Dr. William L. Henson

The Diversity Achievement Award has been named after Dr. William L. Henson, who retired from the College in 1999.

College's Diversity Website

The Office of Multicultural Affairs leads and supports the College in interweaving diversity into the very fabric of our daily operation and into every aspect of our collegial practices. The office strives to create a welcoming environment for everyone by providing curricula and special programming that teach a fuller appreciation of the uniqueness among diverse groups.