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Reminder: Call for Diversity Leadership Award Nominations

From: 
Nate Thomas, Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity
Sent: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:13 a.m.
To: 
KU Lawrence All Staff, Faculty and Affiliates
All KU Lawrence and Edwards Students

The Office of Diversity & Equity is seeking nominations for the inaugural 2015-2016 Campus Diversity Leadership Award. This award recognizes at least one individual or small group and one program or project that:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all;
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive community of mutual respect; and
  • Support an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints.

Criteria for Consideration
Award nominations will be evaluated based on the following three criteria:

  1. The extent to which the nominee promotes a campus environment that is welcoming, supportive, and nurturing for people of any race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information.
  2. The extent to which the nominee raises awareness and consciousness about issues of equity, diversity and/or inclusion in the campus community.
  3. The impact the nominee’s activities have had, reflected by the reach, duration, and sustainability of those activities relative to their target audience for those activities.

Nomination Process
All students, faculty, and employees of the University and its affiliated corporations are eligible for nomination.  Nominations will be accepted from any person, whether affiliated with the University or not, and may include self-nominations.  Nominations will be in be in one of two categories, either for an individual/small group or for a project/program.  A separate award will be granted for each of the two categories.

Nominators must complete the nomination form, which includes:

  • Contact information for the nominee and nominator
  • Contact information for three references that can attest to statements made in the nomination
  • A brief narrative (500 words or less) describing how the nominee demonstrates each of the award criteria

Selection
A seven-member committee, chaired by an eighth non-voting designee of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, will review nominations and select the award recipients. Nominations will be assessed by the three criteria identified above.  The committee may consider information submitted with the nomination, as well as information gathered from other relevant sources, to ensure the nominees meet the identified criteria and represent the spirit of the award. 

Nominations received by May 27, 2016, will be considered timely.  The review and selection of the recipients will be completed by September 1, 2016, with an announcement to follow immediately thereafter. The awards will be formally presented at a public ceremony later in the fall.

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