The NDSU Inclusion Committee is set to host the Advancing Inclusion Award recognition ceremony Thursday, May 2, at 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Century theater. A reception will follow in the Butte Lounge.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
First awarded in 2007 as the Diversity Impact Award, the Advancing Inclusion Award is presented annually to an NDSU department, committee, group or unit that has worked collaboratively to promote an inclusive culture by enhancing or contributing to the overall environment of the community or university.
This year’s honoree is the Department of Physics, which has made a commitment to diversity through strategic plans and actions, advancing a culture of inclusion over the last several years which has positively impacted people in the department.
"The physics department has gone beyond good intentions to commit to practices and allocations of funds which serve to remove barriers to inclusion,” said Kevin Stockbridge, coordinator of Inclusion and LGBTQ+ Initiatives. “They have engaged in this work for several years, without seeking praise or acclaim, showing that their choice to prioritize diversity and inclusion is based solely on the merit of these values alone. In other words, they have made their department a better place, not for the sake of an award, but because it is the right thing to do. That is impressive."
Also being recognized with Honorable Mentions are:
SNAP the Stigma, which has engaged in inclusive, collaborative ways to creatively dismantle exclusion and stigma around mental health through an ongoing photovoice campaign.
VALOR (Veteran Alliance Organization), which has made a significant impact in the lives of veterans on campus by resourcing, activities, education and strategic planning.
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