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Student Diversity Achievement Award

The College of Agricultural Sciences Diversity Coordinating Council and the Office of Multicultural Affairs awards the Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award to a student annually. The award winners will receive a certificate of achievement, recognition on a permanent plaque mounted in the lobby of the Agricultural Administration Building, and a $300.00 award. The award winners will be publicly recognized at an appropriate College or department event, as well as, in other media formats.

Objective

To recognize distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in agricultural sciences.

Diversity is the variety of cultures, world views, values and personal experiences that may result from differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geographic region, disability, and more. See the diversity website for a more extensive definition of diversity.

Eligibility

All students (graduate and undergraduate) in the College of Agricultural Sciences are eligible to receive the award. Diversity activities/experiences included in the nomination must have occurred prior to May 2018. Students who graduate in December 2017 are eligible.

Criteria for Nominees

The following criteria will be considered when selecting the award recipient:

  • Demonstrated understanding of, appreciation for, and advocacy of diversity issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment, in which the values of diversity and multiculturalism are understood, developed, and promoted.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principal of diversity through activities which include relationships with or promote understanding of multicultural populations.

Nomination Submission Details

Nominations may be made by students, faculty, staff, extension educators, administrators, alumni or clientele of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Submit a letter of nomination and one letter of support using the online nomination form below. The nomination should not exceed 600 words. Nomination materials should address the selection criteria and clearly describe the nominee’s contribution to the College diversity effort. Links to other supplemental materials can be embedded within the nomination letter or letter of support. Do not include other separate documents with the nomination.

Nomination Deadline

All nominations should be submitted by March 2, 2018. The award winner will be recognized at an appropriate college event.

Selection Process

A sub-committee of the Diversity Coordinating Council will evaluate nominations, select finalists, and recommend one undergraduate and one graduate student award winner to the Dean.

Nominate a student for the Dr. William L. Henson Diversity Achievement Award.

The Diversity Achievement Award has been named after Dr. William L. Henson, who retired from the College in 1999.