Awards

Call for Nominations: 2020 Lillian H. Williams Award

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) invites nominees for the 2020 Lillian H. Williams Award.  This annual award is named in honor of Lillian H. Williams, the founding director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  This award was established in 1986 to recognize individuals and units within the University community who exemplify Ms. William’s spirit and commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Please provide a one-page nomination of an individual or unit for this important award to EOAA by email (eoaa@umn.edu) by September 18, 2020.  The staff of the EOAA Office will review the nominations and select an award recipient. 

Each year, EOAA pays tribute to its founding director Lillian H. Williams by honoring University members who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and diversity.  

Ms. Williams served as EOAA director from 1972 until her death in 1984. She developed a national presence as one of the founding organizers of the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA).  She has been described as a “natural negotiator, creative strategist, and idealistic, yet pragmatic agent for change.”  

The Lillian H. Williams Award was established in 1986 to recognize individuals and units within the University community who exemplify Ms. William’s spirit and commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

2019 Award Winner

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Dr. Noro Andriamanalina - The Graduate School

2018 Award Winners

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Amy Barton, Career Services - College of Liberal Arts

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One Stop Student Services

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