Diversity Champion Awards

This year’s Diversity Symposium theme was “Building Inclusive Communities,” and the 2017 Diversity Champion Awards were given to campus community members who advanced equity at the Institute, particularly at the intersections of race and class.

In light of this year’s theme, members of the faculty, staff, and student population, and a unit (e.g., office, department, school, or lab) who significantly demonstrated diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Georgia Tech community were recognized at the Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium Awards Luncheon on September 6, 2017.

Criteria

Recipients demonstrated one or more of the following within the last three years:

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly at the intersections of race and class.
  • Leadership in building an inclusive campus community.
  • Behavior that illustrates commitment to the inclusion of persons within the Institute who represent the diversity of the Georgia Tech community.
  • Organized, conducted, and/or supported events and activities that promote cross-cultural understanding, respect, and inclusion of diverse individuals and groups.
Eligibility

All full-time faculty, staff, students, and organizational units are eligible for this award – except previous recipients of the Diversity Champion Awards and Gender Equity Champion Awards.

Nomination Process

Nominations, including previous nominees and self-nominations, may be made by all full-time Georgia Tech faculty, staff, or students for any award category. Nominators should inform nominees that their names have been put forward for consideration.

The nomination period for the 2018 Diversity Champion Awards will open in spring 2018.

Presentation

The 2017 Diversity Champion Awards were presented at the Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium Awards Luncheon on September 6, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Hotel Ballroom.

Previous Winners

From 2013 to 2015 and in 2017, the Diversity Champion Awards recognized faculty, staff, students, and units who actively demonstrated and positively promoted the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Georgia Tech campus community.

In 2016, the Gender Equity Champion Awards were created to recognize members of the faculty, staff, and student body, and a unit for significantly demonstrating gender diversity, equity, and inclusion within the campus community – given the Eighth Annual Diversity Symposium theme, “Celebrating Women at Georgia Tech.”

Each year, one or more member(s) of the faculty, staff, and student body, and one or more unit(s) were selected and recognized at the Diversity Symposium Awards Luncheon. Award winners have included:


2017                                                                                                                       
  • Faculty: Anne Pollock
  • Staff: Jocelyn Thomas
  • Student: Jennifer Salcedo
  • Unit: CEED 

2016                                                                                                                                   
  • Faculty: Mary Frank Fox
  • Staff: Shannon Sullivan
  • Student: Kendall Rankin
  • Unit: School of Physics

2015                                                                                                                                    
  • Faculty: Mary Lynn Realff and Stephen Ruffin
  • Staff: Madison Cario and Matthew Hall
  • Students: W.R. Alexander Berry and Andrea Welsh
  • Units: Division of Student Life and School of Mathematics

2014                                                                                                                                    
  • Faculty: Carol Colatrella and Gary May
  • Staff: Sandy Simpson
  • Student: Kate Overstreet
  • Unit: CEISMC

2013                                                                                                                                    
  • Faculty: Rigoberto Hernandez
  • Staff: Keith Oden 
  • Student: Jiby Yohannen
  • Unit: Project ENGAGES
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