The O∆K Community Commitment Award honors those individual members who do the following:
- Consistently promote an inclusive campus and/or community
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
- Appreciate that diversity is integral to healthy and productive communities
Specifically, nominees will also be evaluated based on their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity as evidenced by their actions such as:
- Promote and provide a welcoming and supportive educational or professional community;
- Advocate for diverse perspectives and the voices of under-represented populations;
- Facilitate inclusion or access to campus or community resources;
- Support the development of cultural awareness and competency;
- Promote campus and/or community policies and practices that invite and reinforce inclusiveness;
- Develop or lead diversity programming and other diversity and intercultural engagement efforts; and/or
- Foster intercultural communication and collaboration.
Ideal candidates for this honor should be those individuals who have invested many years in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusivity. This award is not intended for members who are still early in their leadership journeys.
The first-ever recipient of this award, presented in 2021, is Darlene X. Rodriguez (Florida International University, 1993). The 2022 recipient is Brent D. Scholar (Arizona State University, 2018). The 2023 recipient is Sophia G. Rahming (Florida State University, 2018). Information about past recipients may be found here and here.
The timeline for the nominations is as follows:
January 2, 2024 Awards nominations open
March 1, 2024 Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern)
To nominate a member for the Community Commitment Award, click here.