The Mississippi State University President's Commission of the Status of Minorities (PCSM) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the MSU Diversity Awards. This year, nominations will be accepted in four categories: 1) Faculty, 2) Staff, 3) Student, and 4) Team/Department. Specific criteria for the awards are listed below.
To be considered for the Faculty or Staff award, individuals should have a commitment to diversity initiatives that go beyond normal job responsibilities. Specifically, diversity-related job responsibilities for which the individual is evaluated on during annual performance evaluations will not necessarily warrant consideration from the PCSM Awards Committee. Individuals who have won in previous years may submit only if there are new diversity initiatives beyond what was previously submitted.
The ideal Faculty and Staff candidates should have:
Nominees for the Student award can come from either the undergraduate or graduate student body. To be considered for the Student award, individuals should have:
This award was designed to recognize small groups of faculty, staff, or university department for their commitment to diversity initiatives on the MSU Campus or community. To warrant consideration from the PSCM Awards Committee, nominees would likely have:
For each Individual Nominee or Team/Department Nominee, nominators should prepare a packet that is 25 pages or less and includes the following:
MSU Diversity Award Nomination Form for the respective category. If nomination is for a TEAM, then a nomination form needs to be completed for each member of the team.
a. Demonstrates a commitment to the spirit of diversity through activities related to the promotion of diversity in the MSU community and elsewhere,
b. Cite specific examples of Nominee or Team's commitment, leadership, positive interactions, and behavior that show innovative and creative initiatives or actions to effectively remove barriers to inclusion,
c. Describe how the University has benefited from Nominee or Team's work,
d. Cite any civic and community involvement of the Nominee or Team outside of MSU,
e. Cite any professional diversity-related memberships of the Nominee or Team members, and
f. Cite diversity-related publications or programs of the Nominee or Team members.
One (1) Adobe portable document file (pdf) of the entire packet must be submitted to email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2017. Nomination packets will be reviewed by the PCSM Awards Committee by March 8, 2017. Winners will be notified on or before March 10, 2017. Award recipients will be expected to attend the MSU Diversity Awards Ceremony & Reception. The ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017.