Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer Service Award

Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer served for 18-years as the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs at the University of Louisville. Under her leadership, UofL received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and The Minority Access Commitment to Diversity Award multiple years. In addition, UofL was recognized as one of the most LGBT-friendly universities in the South by Campus Pride. Also, she was instrumental in supporting UofL’s affinity or employee resource groups, including the Black Faculty/Staff Association. She retired on June 30, 2019.

This service award is named in her honor for: (1) her years of dedicated service to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at UofL, (2) her character, and (3) her support of the activities and actions of BFSA. It is intended to recognize and reward UofL staff who exhibits exceptional service to the university or the local community in the spirit and appreciation of BFSA’s mission.

Any UofL faculty, staff, student, or administrator may nominate a deserving staff nominee; however, no self-nominations will be allowed without a formal letter of nomination from others. Nominations are now being accepted year-round for the Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer Service Award!  For consideration for this year’s nomination cycle, completed nomination forms must be submitted online by March 31, 2024 11:59pm. Nominations received after this deadline will be considered for the following year’s nomination cycle. To nominate a faculty or staff member, please complete and submit the nomination form at:


Past Award Recipients

  • V. Faye Jones, M.D., 2021-2022
  • Cynthia Clemons, 2020-2021
  • Carrye Wilkins, 2019-2020

YMCA Black Achievers Annual Adult Achievers

YMCA Black Achievers is a multicultural effort to create equity in education as well as in the workplace by motivating African American/Black and other minority youth to develop and pursue high educational and career goals. Through YMCA Black Achievers, youth gain a sense of self, raise their academic standards, build character, develop cultural competence skills, gain exposure to diverse career opportunities, engage in community service opportunities and receive hands-on service learning and field experiences. A key benefit of Black Achievers is the relationship formed between adult achievers and teen achievers during career cluster workshops. YMCA Black Achievers is celebrating 45 years of achiever excellence during our 45th Annual YMCA Black Achievers Gala. This year our event will be held February 17, 2024 at the Historic Galt House Grand Ballroom. This year’s theme is “SUCCESS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.” Individuals who are nominated and honored as Adult Achievers display role model characteristics that help to uplift their surrounding community to explore and hopefully realize their career goals.

Adult Achievers Nominee Characteristics

  • Are exemplary role models for youth
  • Are enthusiastic about the positive impact they can have on the lives of young people
  • Are committed to contributing a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer services during the YMCA Black Achievers program year

Adult Achievers Nominee Eligibility Requirement(s)

  • UofL Employee

Employee Recognition

Recognizing employees doesn't have to wait for once a year. Taking the time to recognize someone "on the spot" can make a huge difference in employee engagement and appreciation. One great way to send appreciation is through our all new CARDGrams! Send an instant email of thanks or congratulations.