Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award
Established in the year 2020, the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award represents a commitment by the Georgia Association of College and Employers (GACE) to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of colleges and employers that embrace diversity and inclusion. This can be achieved through hiring practices, professional development, programming, or service and leadership that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.
GACE recognizes that diversity in numbers alone is not enough to facilitate welcoming atmospheres where all participants feel valued. It is also important to intentionally create policies, procedures and practices that invite all voices to the decision-making table. Without these proactive measures, the benefits of diversity – increased creativity, the capacity for solving complex problems, greater satisfaction and higher quality organizational productivity – are nearly impossible to attain. GACE would like to celebrate those organizations which set the standard for these inclusive practices through the recognition of this award.
Applications are reviewed for efforts in any of the following areas:
NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Nominations can be made online annually during the open nomination time period. Two letters of support are required for all nominations, along with completion of the nominating form. Self-nominations are welcome.
Nominations will describe how the nominee organization has fostered leadership and commitment to enhance diversity and inclusion and expanded opportunities for students, staff and/or employees. Nominations should include evidence of at least one of the criteria outlined above. Further, letters of support from self-nominated institutions must come from members outside of the department that have knowledge of their accomplishments or involvement with the programming.
The winner will be recognized annually at the Awards Reception at the GACE Annual Conference.