Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award

Headshot of Marian Spencer

Dr. Marian Spencer

Marian Spencer, a celebrated civil rights activist, a 1942 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, was the first African American female elected to the Cincinnati City Council and the first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP. She led the fight to desegregate public schools and integrate Coney Island – she won both battles.

In recognition of the longstanding contributions by Marian Spencer, the Division of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact sponsors the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award. This award is designed to showcase current campus-affiliated individuals and groups whose efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have positively impacted the university.

Deadline Extended to December 9, 2022

Nominations are now being accepted for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award to be presented during the 14th Annual Equity and Inclusion Conference. All UC students, faculty, staff and campus organizations are eligible for these awards. Members of the campus community can nominate individuals and groups for this award if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Promotes awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Exhibits sensitivity to people of various cultures
  • Facilitates growth among colleagues/peers related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Prepares students, faculty or staff to thrive in a diverse and global society
  • Collaborates with colleagues to create and implement initiatives and policies that build an equitable and inclusive environment.