Joseph H. Smith Award

About This Award

Joseph Smith began his career at the University in 1964. In 1978, he was named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Director of Affirmative Action, and Associate Professor of English. Mr. Smith worked towards creating a culturally diverse campus climate that offered educational opportunities to all students. This award was established by his colleagues to honor him as he retired.

One award is presented to an undergraduate, graduate or professional student, or a registered student organization, who/that has developed an effective and sustaining activity toward interracial or cultural understanding and an appreciation through outside-classroom experiences.

The purpose of the award is to promote the educational value of racial/cultural diversity among students.

The recognition includes a monetary award.


Nominators, please address the following in your nomination:

  1. How has the nominee or student organization worked toward creating effective cultural understanding?
  2. What measures has the nominee or student organization put into place to sustain interracial and/or cultural understanding and appreciation?