The online nominating process for the 2010 Diversity Leadership Awards opens today.

The Diversity Leadership Awards recognize faculty, staff and an academic or service unit who have demonstrated – through  their positive interactions with others,  personal efforts, and unique contributions – a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view within the St. Thomas community.

Staff, faculty and units who: (1) actively and positively promote the concept of diversity by enhancing or contributing to the overall environment of the university through improving a cross-cultural understanding; (2) show a commitment to the spirit of diversity; and (3) illustrate a commitment to inclusion of those within the institution who are members of historically underrepresented groups should be considered for one of the three Diversity Leadership Awards categories.

The nomination forms for each category can be found by viewing the following links:

General descriptions for all awards can be found under the “Programs” tab on the OID Web site. Completed nomination information must be submitted online no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The Diversity Leadership Awards will be presented publicly at a university program during spring semester. For more information contact Susan Spray, chair of the Diversity Leadership Awards Committee, (651) 962-6984.

The Diversity Leadership Awards are sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity; the review committee is comprised of members elected within the University Diversity Advisory Council.