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Georgia Highlands College "Embracing and Celebrating Diversity" Awards

The diversity initiatives committee of Georgia Highlands College (GHC) has created awards to honor those who put forth great effort toward the advancement of diversity and multiculturalism in higher education. There are four distinctions that will be recognized for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Diversity Student Leadership Award: This award will be given to a student or students who(m) demonstrate(s) a significant contribution toward the advancement of diversity in higher education by serving as a mentor, role model, or a leader of a underrepresented student group.

Diversity Student Educator Award: This award will be given to a student or students who(m) demonstrate(s) a significant contribution toward the advancement of diversity in higher education by increasing multicultural awareness through educational means such as presentations, discussion forums, papers, etc…

Diversity Team Award: This award will be given to a group of individuals (e.g., a student club, a specific course or class, an educational unit of the college, etc…) who demonstrate a significant contribution toward the advancement of diversity in higher education by collectively raising social consciousness regarding diversity through various educational means.

Diversity GHC Employee Award: This award will be given to an employee(s) or who(m) demonstrates a significant contribution toward the advancement of diversity in higher education by engaging the GHC community in dialog that clarifies the meaning of diversity as well as emphasizes its importance in higher education.

Criteria for awards: Recipients must…

  • Be a current GHC student, faculty, staff, or administrator
  • Possess a general understanding of the principles of diversity and multiculturalism
  • Demonstrate not only an outstanding commitment to the value of diversity but also provide evidence of a significant contribution to its promotion and advancement at GHC and/or the surrounding community

Examples of diversity awareness activities:

  • The creation of an artistic expression (e.g. painting, dance, video, poetry, etc…) that symbolizes diversity in higher education, especially at GHC
  • Participating in and/or raising awareness regarding Anti-Bullying programs
  • Write and submit articles to the school paper (Six Mile Post) or other educational periodicals that increases awareness regarding how diversity matters in higher education
  • Facilitate a “courageous conversation” offered through the diversity initiatives committee or a discussion forum on how and why diversity matters
  • Write and present a paper for a course or some other GHC supported event that advocates diversity as having a large and positive impact in higher education
  • Develop and establish a peer-mentoring program that supports the educational advancement of an under-represented group at GHC
  • Create and initiate a community project that would raise consciousness regarding student diversity at GHC

Nomination process:

  1. A current GHC student or employee may nominate themselves or nominate another eligible student or employee
  2. To send in a nomination, completely fill out an award form (Click Here For Form) and send it as an attachment to Dr. J. Sean Callahan at scallaha@highlands.edu by midnight April 5th, 2014.

Selection process

  1. Diversity initiatives committee will meet and select outstanding entrants
  2. Award winners will be notified by the second week of April 2014
  3. With the exception of the GHC Employee Award, all awards will be distributed at the annual Honors Assembly (i.e. Honors Night) at the end of the Spring semester 2014.

 

If you have any specific questions, then please feel free to contact the faculty director of diversity initiatives, Dr. J. Sean Callahan, at 678-872-8542 or scallaha@highlands.edu

 

 

 

 

Page last updated: March 12, 2014