Purpose of the Award: Recognize an individual, group, or organization that has created, promoted, and maintained diversity by establishing an environment that recognizes, encourages, and effectively utilizes each individual's talents.
GAWWA recognizes the role of diversity as being essential to the growth, structure, and continued success of any organization. Diversity should be an inherent trait of any organization and is manifest in the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values, and beliefs as assets to a group or organization in which they interact. The Diversity Award is not given to an individual, group, or organization on the basis of who they are, but because of their achievements and accomplishments.
Frequency of the Award: One award annually or as deserved at the discretion of the Diversity Award Committee.
Eligibility for the Award: A GAWWA individual, group, or organizational member who has promoted or demonstrated excellence and leadership in most or all of the following areas:
a. Bringing a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values and beliefs as assets to a group or organization with which they interact.
b. Establishing an environment that recognizes and encourages the effective use of each individual’s talents and other contributions to the cause of diversity.
c. Promotion and fostering of diversity programs such as mentoring, support networks, internship programs, co-op programs, work study, diversity training, or other opportunities.
d. Development of management accountability/tracking methods as means of quantifying the impact of the efforts to increase and maintain diversity.
Entry Requirements: Champion of Diversity Award online submission (below) for each nominee, and a detailed yet concise description of how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria.
Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2017
Method of Selecting Award Recipient: The Diversity Committee selects a candidate from the list of nominees.
The winner will be recognized in the following ways:
a. An opportunity to present during the Diversity track of the Annual Conference
b. A featured article from the Diversity Committee in the Georgia Operator
c. Public recognition during the GAWWA Awards Ceremony
Presentation of the Award: The award will be presented during the GAWP Annual Conference in Savannah, GA.
Award winner's information will be submitted to AWWA by October 1 as an entry for the AWWA Diversity Award.