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2015 Diversity Matters Award Winners

Diversity Matters Award Winners

Back, from left: Mike Licari, Harry Brod, Tom Kessler, Speaker Heather Hackman, Kathy Peters, President Ruud Front, from left: Heather Place, Walter Abrego, Deborah Gallagher, Kristi Marchesani

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Diversity Matters Award Winners

Back, from left:  Mike Licari, Harry Brod, Tom Kessler, Speaker Heather Hackman, Kathy Peters, President Ruud
Front, from left:  Heather Place, Walter Abrego, Deborah Gallagher, Kristi Marchesani

Winners of the Diversity Matters Award were announced on January 21 at the Seventh Annual Diversity Town Hall.  Award winners were: 

  • Walter Abrego, Senior, Communications major
  • Harry Brod, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology
  • Deborah Gallagher, Professor, Special Education
  • Thomas Kessler, Bibliographer & Associate Professor, Library
  • Kristi Marchesani, Assistant Director Admissions International Relations, Office of Admissions
  • Kathy Peters, Academic Learning Support & Retention Coordinator, Academic Learning Center
  • Heather Place, Graduate Assistant, Dean of Students

UNI makes “Best for Vets”

2015 Military Times Best for Vets College

Military Times has announced that UNI is among those institutions chosen for its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings.      

The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

Diversity Mini-Grants available

Diversity Grants are awarded by the Diversity Council to UNI projects and events that enhance awareness of and education about issues of diversity at UNI.  Diversity Grants align with the definition, mission and vision of diversity at UNI. Anyone enrolled at UNI or working at the institution may apply for up to $1,500 to support diversity-related projects and initiatives. For more information about mini-grants, please click here.  To access the mini-grant application, please click here. 

NISG creates Diversity Matters Fund for student organizations

The Diversity Matters Fund was created to provide a new, unique and flexible funding source to collaborating UNI student organizations, and to supplement those monies already available from other sources.

Update your International Profile:

Faculty and staff are invited to update the international field in the Professional Interest Database. This database allows the campus community to search for faculty and staff with certain interest or expertise in a county or geographical location. To add, delete or edit your information, email