The Council on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (CDEI) Leadership Award was established to recognize and honor an individual who has made significant contributions within the major focus areas of the Council. The recipient of this award shall demonstrate sustained accomplishments in one or more of the following: Maximizing institutional and/or societal resources to broaden access and opportunity in higher education. Utilizing diversity to expand the range and quality of the undergraduate experience. Contributing to the achievement of diversity at all levels of the academic community. Creating partnerships to bring about beneficial social change. Providing local and/or national leadership on issues related to diversity and social change. Each year, the Commission requests nominations for the award from all APLU member institutions. Nominations are usually requested around October 1 of each year.