The deadline has been extended to Friday, March 9 for nominations for the 3rd Annual Presidential Luminaria Awards and Diversity Celebration Fundraising Dinner sponsored by the University of New Mexico's Division for Equity and Inclusion.
Author, educator and activist Angela Davis serves as keynote speaker of the 3rd Annual Presidential Luminaria Awards and Diversity Celebration Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, March 28 starting at 6 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center Ballroom C. Tickets are available at $60 per person or $600 per table.
"Luminaria" means a body that gives light. In New Mexico, luminarias are used to "light the way." It also is a person of prominence or brilliant achievement.
The Luminaria Awards recognize individuals and organizations that light the way in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice. Their commitment can be evident in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups; teaching, research and/or service; multicultural or cultural awareness programming; social justice organizing, community outreach or other similar activities.
Recipients of the Presidential Luminaria Awards demonstrate an exemplary commitment to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice at the University of New Mexico or in New Mexico; emerging or long-term commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice effort goes above and beyond the routine expectations of the job or project; provide evidence to support the contribution the individual(s) or unit has made in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice.
Nominations can be made for the following award categories:
• Faculty Award: Up to two (2) awards
• Staff Award: Up to two (2) awards
• Student/Student Organization Awards: Up to two (2) awards
• Community Organization Award: One (1) award
Nominations can be submitted by colleagues, peers, supervisors or advisors (in the case of student nominees) who recognize the significance of the nominee's work. Multiple nominators can support an individual's nomination.
Nominations should clearly identify in detail how the nominee meets each of the following criteria:
•How does this nominee demonstrate exemplary commitment to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice?
•How does this nominee's effort on behalf of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice go above and beyond the routine expectations of the job or project?
•How does this nominee advance diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice?
Nominations must be completed by March 2. A completed nomination includes the following:
1. Click for the online nomination form.
Form can be completed online or printed and mailed with nomination letter(s).
2. Signed letter(s) of support post-marked or delivered in person by March 9 to:
Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion
Division for Equity and Inclusion: Luminaria Nomination
1 University of New Mexico
Scholes Hall, Room 250
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Award recipients will be notified by March 16.
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