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Call for Nominations for Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The diverse and unique perspectives that faculty and staff bring to UMass Chan Medical School have helped make us a leading academic health sciences center. The Diversity and Inclusion Office is pleased to announce nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.

The Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion is bestowed annually upon an individual or group exemplifying characteristics embodied in the Medical School’s diversity statement, which is outlined in the nomination form. 

Please mail, fax or email this completed cover sheet with a one-page summary of how the nominee meets the criteria to or send to: Diversity and Inclusion Office, Room S1-710, University Campus no later than Jan. 6, 2023.

To ensure that each candidate is evaluated on the same documentation, summaries in excess of one page will not be considered. A selection committee comprising past award recipients will review all the nominations and choose finalists to advance to the chancellor, who will select the award recipient(s). The institutional award will be presented at the Medical School’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Jan. 25, 2023.

We are fortunate to work with many individuals who advance our diversity and inclusion goals and who uphold the values of civility. We encourage you to nominate deserving colleagues. Any questions may be directed to the Diversity and Inclusion Office at 508-856-2179 or

Click here to access the nomination form.

Martin Luther King Jr. Semester of Service Student Awards

UMass Chan Medical School is proud to sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. Semester of Service Student awards for the 13th year. These awards are designed to support student-driven service projects in the communities that surround the UMass Chan campus in Worcester.  Students from the T.H. Chan Medical School, Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing and the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are invited to submit proposals outlining community service projects they hope to undertake in the Spring semester.  The top three ideas will receive funding awards of $500. These awards are supported by the Diversity and Inclusion Office and the Office of Community and Government Relations.

Proposals for 2023 Awards are due by midnight on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.

Winners will be announced on UMass Chan News website on MLK Day and recognized by Dean Flotte at the Medical School's annual MLK Day celebration on  Jan. 25, 2023.  Awardees will be selected by members of the Service Subcommittee of the CEOD.

Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Enhance or strengthen existing relationships with the Worcester community
  • Address both community needs and student learning objectives
  • Provide opportunities for a diverse range of UMass community members to work together
  • Increase the number of students, staff and faculty engaged in the community
  • Include opportunities for learners to reflect on their experience
  • Contribute to health equity and the elimination of health disparities by addressing social determinants of health, including issues of racism, bias and discrimination

How do I apply?
Applicants must be current UMass Chan students in good academic and professional standing who wish to organize and run a community service project during the spring 2023 semester. Students are encouraged to partner with a local organization that is a non-profit with 501c3 or other tax-exempt status. For assistance connecting with a community partner or to learn more about the award, interested students can speak with Lynn Hernandez or Che Anderson, co-chairs of the CEOD Service sub-committee. 

Please submit an application containing all of the items specified below.

  1. Student name(s), school, class; please identify one primary student contact with name, email and phone. Note that the funds will be distributed to this person.
  2. Community-based organization name(s), contact name, email and phone
  3. Narrative (no more than three pages) that includes:
    1. Project overview
    2. Explanation of community needs/assets being addressed
    3. Student learning objectives
    4. Proposed activities and timeline
    5. Description of target audience and participants
    6. Plan for recruiting and training of participants
    7. Plan for reflection and evaluation of results
    8. Budget narrative – detail how money will be spent

How do I submit my proposal?
Email completed proposals to the Diversity and Inclusion Office,  no later than Jan. 6, 2023.