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Social Justice and Diversity Student Recognition Award

The OED Social Justice and Diversity Student Recognition Award recognizes UTHSC students (i.e., undergraduate/graduate) whose actions demonstrate the importance of social justice activism and equity and diversity while positively impacting UTHSC and the community. 

  • Social Justice is evaluated based on efforts to educate people on social justice issues on campus and/or community and have shown evidence of a significant impact on addressing power, privilege, and discrimination to foster inclusiveness and a socially just society.
  • Diversity is evaluated based on efforts of improving the campus climate by working on and promoting initiatives that increase the campus community’s understanding of diversity (i.e., cultures; values; beliefs; experiences; perceptions) and provides opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges.
  • Equity is evaluated based on efforts to create and sustain equitable practices stemming from recognized differences and needs of individuals or groups within organizations, groups, committees, or boards.

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  • Nominations can be made by any faculty member, student, or staff.
  • Faculty member nominations must be supported by the Assistant/Associate Dean, Student Affairs in the College.
  • The nominator is responsible for submission of the nomination package and informing the nominee.
  • Nomination letter must be addressed to Dr. Michael Alston, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Equity and Diversity.
The nomination process opens October 1, 2020 and are due by December 1, 2020.

One award package in .pdf format, in the following order:

  1. Completed Nomination Form (this form to be completed by the nominator)
  2. Nominator submits responses to the four questions:
    • Explain why the nominee deserves to be recognized with this award.
    • List nominee's involvement on campus and in the community, highlighting social justice contributions.
    • Provide one example of how the nominee demonstrates a commitment to diversity in their college and UTHSC.
    • Provide one example of how the nominee’s actions facilitates and encourages the acceptance of diverse views, backgrounds, and experiences and/or is evident while engaged in service activities.
  3. Contact information for at least 2, and up to 4, references.

References will receive an email from the Office of Diversity and Equity with a short form requesting their feedback on the nominee. Nominators are encouraged to contact the references to let them know to expect an email from OED, as nominations will not be considered complete without completed reference forms. References who wish to provide additional information are welcome to email a recommendation letter to

The1st Finalist for the OED Social Justice and Diversity Student Recognition Award receives $750.00 stipend for professional development (i.e., conference; webinar; membership; subscription) in the areas of social justice in healthcare, cultural diversity/competence in healthcare, implicit bias in healthcare or student healthcare organization conference in addition to a commemorative wall plaque and certificate.

  • 2nd Semifinalists: Gift Package and Certificate
  • 3rd Semifinalists: Gift Package and Certificate
The nominations will be reviewed and ranked by the SJDSRA Committee. Finalists will be announced and presented with an award one week before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in January each year. 

Last Published: Sep 1, 2020