Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award

« Back to Honors & Awards


About the Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recognizes the value of human diversity (including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs and political or other ideologies) in all endeavors.

Through the Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award, AZA recognizes significant achievement in work force and audience diversity by an AZA member institution. Applicants may submit an entry for any diversity program designed to increase diversity through education, training, community service, recruitment and retention, interpretative exhibition, public relations, and marketing.

The award recognizes the most significant innovative, productive, far-reaching, program to promote diversity in institutions throughout AZA. Therefore priority will be given to significant, comprehensive programs. Programs designed as one-time or special events for single implementation will not be considered. Programs must be active at the time of submission to be eligible for this award.

If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Rick Barongi, Honors and Awards Committee Chairman, or call 713-533-6801.

How to Submit an Application

Diversity Award application (in DOC)

Read the Guidelines for Submission  (in PDF)

Remember to submit a Media Release Form  (in DOC) with your application.

All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF file. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution.

AZA has contracted with WEBCARGO to provide a quick and easy way for you to submit your application. Click here to send your application via WEBCARGO.

Past Recipients

To see past recipients' application materials, member log in required.


2013 Top Honors

Chicago Zoological Society for Cultivating Conservation Communities

2013 Significant Achievement

Monterey Bay Aquarium for Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH)

2012 Top Honors

Indianapolis Zoo for Minority Purchasing Initiative

2012 Significant Achievement


Mystic Aquarium for Community Classroom for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Smithsonian National Zoo and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for YES! Program (Youth Engagement through Science)

2011 Top Honors

Wildlife Conservation Society - Wildlife Career Center

2010 Top Honors

Houston Zoo, Inc. - Target Title 1

2009 Top Honors

Milwaukee Zoological Society and Milwaukee County Zoo — Programs for Disadvantaged Youth

2008 Top Honors

Oregon Zoo — Zoo Animal Presenters (ZAP) Urban Nature Overnights (UNO)

2007 Top Honors

Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo — After-School Adventures in Wildlife Science

2007 Significant Achievement

Monterey Bay Aquarium —Young Women in Science

2006 Top Honors

South Carolina Zoo — High School Intern Program

2005 Top Honors

Denver Zoo — Wonders in Nature - Wonders in Neighborhoods