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 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. We want to continue to honor Dr. Spencer’s legacy of activism and servant leadership through the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards. These awards are designed to showcase members of our campus community whose efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion have had a positive impact on the university – advancing belonging, agency, cultural competence, and accountability within and across the campus community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award to be presented at the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards Celebration. 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 workforce
  • Collaborates with colleagues to create and implement initiatives and policies that build an equitable and inclusive environment.