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Diversity Ally Award

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) annually presents the Diversity Ally Award to students/graduate students, residents/fellows, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni who exemplifies an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

A Diversity Ally is a person that actively promotes and aspires to advance a culture of inclusion through purposeful, positive and mindful efforts that benefit people or the community.

Diversity Allies exceed everyday expectations, often outshining their own goals and are dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment to help create a campus where everyone has an opportunity to excel.

Diversity Allies take action and advocate for other students, staff or faculty, in order to remove external barriers that impede individuals from contributing their skills and talents in the classroom, workplace or community. Such actions include raising awareness, inspiring action, advocating for equitable employment, leading efforts to dismantle discrimination, etc.

Diversity Allies are change agents and epitomize dignity and respect. They work to promote a just and humane campus; their efforts influence recruitment, retention and campus climate.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Point of Contact: Kathie Dingley


2021 Diversity Ally Award Nominations

Anyone may nominate a student/graduate student, resident/fellow, staff member, faculty member, administrator or alumnus.


  • Students/Graduate Students
  • Residents/Fellows
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Administrators
  • Alumni


Review the award description. For each submission, briefly document your nominee’s success or excellence story (activities, initiative, etc.).

  • Provide five bullets explaining why you think your nominee deserves an award for diversity actions (either through your department, overall campus initiative or diversity program).
  • Goal: Recognize actions that lead to a diverse and inclusive campus environment.
  • Focus: Nomination can be one overall achievement (can span multiple years) or a new initiative.
  • Impact: Explain how the work your nominee did influences individuals, the campus and/or external stakeholders.

Nomination Deadline: Sept. 10, 2021

Submit a Nomination

2020 Diversity Ally Award Recipients

  • Yuna Ayala, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Julie Gammack, M.D.
    Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Peter Garvin
    Public Safety Officer
  • Denise Johnson
    Director of Planning and Operations
  • Dixie Meyer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Medical Family Therapy
  • David Pole, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Education