Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Awards


Marian Spencer, a celebrated civil rights activist, is a 1942 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She was the first African American female elected to Cincinnati City Council and the first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP. Spencer 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 President’s Diversity Council 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 had a positive impact the university.


Students, faculty, and staff can nominate individuals and groups for this award if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Promotes an awareness for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Exhibits sensitivity to people of various cultures
  • Facilitates growth among colleagues/peers grow related to diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic level, etc.), equity, and inclusion
  • Prepares others to thrive in a diverse and global workforce
  • Collaborates with colleagues to create and implement initiatives and policies that build an inclusive environment


Nominations are now being accepted for the Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award to be presented at the 2019 E&I Conference on April 3, 2019.  All UC students, faculty, staff and campus organizations are eligible for these awards.


Nominations are due by January 14, 2019.