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2021 Dr. Marva Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Unit Excellence Award

The Dr. Marva Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Unit Excellence Award is given to an office, program, department, or college that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made consistent contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion at UT. The award is named in memory of Marva Rudolph, an associate vice chancellor and director of the Office of Equity and Diversity who passed away in 2014 after more than 20 years with the university and more than 30 years of dedicated work in diversity and inclusion.

Entomology and Plant Pathology Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Hands belonging to persons of various skin tones meet to form a circle, text above reads Diversity & InclusionThe EPP Diversity and Inclusion Committee is responsible for making diversity and inclusion visible; celebrating, recognizing, and encouraging progress; identifying ways to make the department more engaged and inclusive; and increasing awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion. The committee will lead development, assessment, and revision of an EPP diversity and inclusion plan.

We are committed to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive environment. We welcome students, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scholars, and others regardless of age, appearance, disability status, gender, gender identity, geographic background, marital/partnered status, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and all other characteristics that make each of us unique.

We continually work to create an inclusive environment that reflects the diversity of society in general. We aim to cultivate an environment built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect. We believe diversity brings together a wide range of abilities, experiences, perspectives, and world views that are crucial to enriching experiences and addressing challenging research questions.

What does being a Volunteer mean to you? How has UT empowered you to make a difference in a way you might not have imagined elsewhere?

The committee consists of Volunteers (faculty, research and office staff, and graduate students) who value and promote diversity and inclusion. We are an active committee of diverse people dedicated to our mission. Because we are so diverse in interests, areas, and more—it’s our diversity that brings us together.