This award honors individuals and groups for outstanding achievement in promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and access at Southern and/or the community at large — and a demonstrated commitment to these goals through programs, projects, or partnerships.
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 at special events held during the spring semester. 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 Recognition Committee. 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.
Outstanding Faculty Award
Outstanding Staff Award
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
Outstanding Department/School Award
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.