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/Organization. Specific criteria for the awards are listed below.
Diversity Award recipients receive a $1,000 stipend, a feature on the wall inside the Provost and Executive Vice President suite, and free registration to the 2019 Diversity Conference.
Faculty and Staff Award Criteria
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:
Student Award Criteria
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:
Team/Organization Award Criteria
This award was designed to recognize groups for their commitment to diversity initiatives on the MSU Campus or community, such as MSU departments, student organizations, or community initiatives. To warrant consideration from the PSCM Awards Committee, nominees would likely have either:
For each Individual Nominee or Team/Organization Nominee, nominators should prepare a packet that is 10-25 pages and includes the following:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018. Winners will be notified on or before March 28, 2018. Award recipients will be expected to attend the MSU Diversity Awards Ceremony & Reception. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall.