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President’s Achievement Awards for Inclusive Excellence

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The President’s Achievement Awards for Inclusive Excellence (PAAIE) are designed to honor individuals, units, and programs that have made exemplary contributions to advancing inclusive excellence at Clark and within the broader Worcester community. Inclusive excellence centers equity, inclusion, and diversity as core institutional values. Clark strives to create a culture of inclusion that allows all students, faculty, and staff to thrive in our living, working, and learning communities. We aim to create a shared sense of commitment and engagement across campus in our efforts to foster excellence through inclusion. This commitment broadens and strengthens the university’s mission of teaching, learning and scholarship.

There will be up to four awardees honored per year that includes a monetary gift to help support Clark’s shared commitment to advance inclusive excellence.

  • The President’s Achievement Award for Inclusive Excellence includes a $1,500 gift for the awardee(s) to designate toward a program or department of their choice.
  • One awardee may receive the Distinguished Inclusive Excellence Award that includes a $1,000 gift for the awardee.

Please note:The 2022 President’s Achievement Awards for Inclusive Excellence nomination period is now closed. Nominations will open again in Spring 2023.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Academic and staff employees
  • Student organizations
  • Campus units (e.g., offices, departments, centers)
  • Academic or administrative programs
  • Clark partnership within the broader Worcester community

Multiple nominations are encouraged.

The President’s Achievement Awards for Inclusive Excellence honor those who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing equity, inclusion and diversity at Clark or within our partnership in the Worcester community. Success in  leading and enhancing inclusive excellence can be demonstrated in many ways. Nominations will be considered on the following criteria and areas of achievement that extend beyond the routine expectations of the role, program or project:

  • Demonstration of emerging or sustained commitment to the values of inclusive excellence.
  • Contributions that uniquely address key areas of equity, inclusion and diversity at Clark with measurable impact.
  • Collaboration with campus or community groups in the creation, sponsorship, and implementation of programs, initiatives, or projects in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion.
  • Exemplary scholarship and/or research projects on topics focusing on social groups, origins and cultures within the United States and globally that enrich students’ education in novel ways
  • Exceptional mentoring of students whose background, experience, and interests contribute to diversity on campus.
  • Activities to attract or recruit students who increase the compositional diversity of our campus, or to help ensure the success of historically underrepresented students.
  • Activities to recruit, retain, and professionally develop individuals who increase the compositional diversity of our faculty or staff.
  • Promotes or supports the important contributions of historically and contemporarily marginalized communities in a tangible, impactful manner.
  • Evidence of exceptional efforts to promote a University environment that is free from bias and discrimination.

Please note: The 2022 President’s Achievement Awards for Inclusive Excellence nomination period is now closed. Nominations will open again in Spring 2023.

2021-2022 Selection Committee

Ishara Casella Connors ’06 – Assistant Dean for Diversity and Climate in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University
Margo Foreman – Vice President and Chief Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Maria Elisa Gallant – Assistant Director of Student Leadership & Programming
Lisa Gillingham – Office of Government and Community Affairs
Kadijha Kuanda ’22 – Black Student Union (BSU), President, International Student Rights Coalition (ISRC), Founder, Clark University Student Council (CUSC), International Student Representative, Teacher Assistant (PLA), German 103/104
Stephanie Madden – Assistant Director of Alumni & Friends Engagement
Denisha Parks – Assistant Women’s Basketball and Athletic Coordinator of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Daniel Roderick – Director, Facilities Management
Rosalie Torres Stone – Associate Professor of Sociology

Nomination Deadline

Please note: The 2022 President’s Achievement Awards for Inclusive Excellence nomination period is now open. Please submit your nominations by April 22, 2022, at 5 p.m.

For questions about the process and for accessibility accommodations, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at odi@clarku.edu or 1-508-793-7350.

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