The concepts of diversity and inclusion embrace a myriad of dimensions, including, but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy or parenting, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, or an individual’s genetic information.
The Kogod School of Business Inclusive Leadership Award intentionally considers diversity and inclusion very broadly to reflect the many ways that Kogod faculty, staff, and students make important contributions in this area. This award is given to those who exemplify the spirit of inclusion, champion diverse practices, and strive to be activists, educators, and leaders. Awardees should also demonstrate action toward, promotion or encouragement of at least one of the goals in AU’s Plan for Inclusive Excellence which include:
• Training, Learning, and Development• Campus Climate, Culture, and Community• Systems, Policies, and Procedures• Access and Equity• Curriculum and Instructions
More information on each goal can be found at https://www.american.edu/president/diversity/inclusive-excellence/goals.cfm.
Up to four total awards may be given in a year based on the merit of applications received. The same person is eligible for the award once every five years.
Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted from through March 31 of each Academic Year. A subgroup of the Kogod Diversity and Inclusion Team will review all nominations and present recommendations to the Kogod Dean for final selection. Awardees will be announced prior to the end of the Academic Year and recognized at a Kogod reception. Awardees will receive a certificate of appreciation and customizable gift, as well as be named on a plaque on display at the KSB building. Student recipients will additionally receive a $1,000 taxable award.