Social Justice Community Awards

This award recognizes outstanding individuals or groups who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment to promoting and practicing diversity, inclusion, equity, and access within the University and/or in partnership with community organizations. 

Nominations

The President’s Commission on Social Justice Committee will be seeking nominations for the University Social Justice Community Award. This award will be given out in the spring semester at the Social Justice Community Reception. The University Social Justice Awards Reception recognizes outstanding faculty, staff, departments, students and student organizations that have made exceptional efforts and contributions in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion. One award will be given in each area. Individuals, students, faculty, staff and Student Organizations may self-nominate. Final decisions will be made by the President Commission on Social Justice. The committee will evaluate the effectiveness of all programs submitted. 

University employees whose key job responsibilities connect with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are not eligible for these awards. In addition, student organizations focused on equity, diversity and inclusion may only be nominated for the award if their activities exceed the scope of their organization’s mission and objectives. 

Prizes

Outstanding Faculty Award

  • $500 to recipient’s department OR
  • $500 to recipient’s professional development funds

Outstanding Staff Award

  • $500 to recipient’s department OR
  • $500 to recipient’s professional development funds

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • $250 Gift Card OR
  • Book Scholarship 

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

  • $250 Gift Card OR
  • Book Scholarship 

Outstanding Department/School Award

  • $500 to department

Outstanding Student Organization Award

  • $500 to student organization

Award Categories and Criteria include

Outstanding Faculty Award

  • Incorporates diverse values in the classroom, curriculum and/ or research;
  • Displays a commitment to diverse cultures, religions, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and other areas of inclusion and perspective;
  • Makes the classroom accessible for and supportive of diverse learning styles;
  • Engages in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts in the campus community;
  • Uses innovative teaching methods to support students with special learning needs; and/or
  • Mentors underrepresented students or diverse populations of students, faculty and/or staff.

Outstanding Staff Award

  • Incorporates and embraces diversity in their ongoing departmental duties;
  • Displays a commitment to diverse cultures, religions, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and other areas of inclusion and perspective;
  • Engages in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts in the campus community;
  • Contributes to the cross-cultural environment of the College or Department; and/or
  • Mentors underrepresented students or diverse populations of students, faculty and/or staff.

Outstanding Department/School Award

  • Demonstrates a consistent pattern of commitment to the recruitment, retention and promotion of individuals of underrepresented populations;
  • Cultivates and promotes diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment;
  • Exhibits visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, allocation of resources, and establishment of priorities;
  • Outlines defined goals, action steps and accomplishments toward achieving a work and academic environment that recognizes, promotes and encourages a diverse workforce; and/ or
  • Demonstrates progressive best practices that support equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student Award

  • Exhibits leadership in promoting and facilitating dialogue and social engagement with and between individuals of varying ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations and/ or physical and mental capabilities.

Outstanding Student Organization Award

Actively engages students, the campus community, and/ or the wider community in efforts that promote and facilitate dialogue and social engagement with and between individuals of varying ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations and/ or physical and mental capabilities.  

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