Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement Awards Nominations 2016 The Division of Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement is pleased to solicit nominations for its annual awards for the campus community. We encourage you to take a moment to acknowledge someone who you believe has made a difference. The purpose of these awards is to recognize students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to Wright State University's efforts to become a truly inclusive environment and those who have collaborated with community partners in significant ways to work toward the common good. Each is accompanied by a $750 prize. Celebrations of our achievements are how we affirm our heritage and long-standing values, as well as how we support and affirm change. As we continue to encourage our commitment to diversity, access, and inclusion, as well as community engagement. These awards have become an integral part of our efforts to be a celebrative community, rewarding the good work in which our students and colleagues are engaged. The following honors will be awarded along with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards, which were selected earlier. The first category is the Diversity Advocate Award. Three of these awards will be given: one for the Student Diversity Advocate, another for the Faculty Diversity Advocate, and a third for the Staff Diversity Advocate. Award recipients will have exhibited excellence in promoting inclusion on campus by engaging in activities that (a) create a welcoming campus environment for students, employees, and community members from diverse groups, particularly those historically underrepresented and/or underserved by higher education; (b) support programs that celebrate the unique contributions of diverse groups and promote intercultural understanding; and (c) help create a just community on campus. The second category is the Engaged University Citizen Award. Again, the work of Boyer informs how this category is conceptualized. In Scholarship Reconsidered, Boyer outlined a paradigm for faculty scholarly activity that included the scholarship of application, which was defined as "extending and applying knowledge to address consequential outreach and community service issues." I believe this also applies to the work of staff in an academic setting. Consequently, the Engaged University Citizen Award will be presented to a staff member who, using their professional knowledge and skills, works to address a significant social problem in the community in a manner that is mutually beneficial to the public and Wright State University. To nominate someone for these awards, submit a nomination letter, not to exceed two pages, that addresses how the individual exemplifies the description and spirit of the award, as well as a copy of the individual's resume/vita. Please provide the individual's name and campus contact information, including office/department, campus phone, and email address. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016. The awards will be presented at a reception on March 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Endeavor Room. We hope you will join us. Look for your personal invitation soon!