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Over the course of this year we have observed young people around the country demonstrating their leadership by demanding responses to racial injustice, police brutality, immigrant rights, trans rights, environmental issues, and other matters of import to the future of this nation and beyond. They have created intersectional trans-generational coalitions to advance the cause of justice as they work to dismantle unfreedom. These young leaders are tech savvy with a highly proficient ability to use social media to elevate their voices and bring attention to that which is fundamental for the perpetuity of a just and democratic society.  These young people are in the streets and in our classrooms bringing fresh perspectives to our lives and work. Their efforts help to move our work as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professionals from the margins to the short lists of our institutions’ agendas. It is for this reason and many more that TADOHE will recognize their efforts and honor their work through the inaugural TADOHE Emerging Leaders Spotlight Awards. 

To help us in this endeavor, we are asking you to nominate students and community leaders from your campuses who have been involved in activism, organizing, and community engagement for the TADOHE Emerging Leaders Spotlight Awards via this Nomination Link. Nominations are now open and will remain open until Friday, May 7, 2021. Please note self-nominations will also be accepted.

The individuals who are selected as recipients of the TADOHE Emerging Leaders Spotlight Awards will be recognized at our 2021 Spring Summit/Chapter Meeting and asked to serve on a newly formed TADOHE Executive Student Leadership Advisory Board. In order for the Association to better understand how these students’ activism can inform our work, we need to have them at the table. This is our opportunity to thank, support, elevate, and nurture them as they are leading the charge to change our schools, communities, and nation.  Additionally, award recipients will receive a plaque and a complimentary annual TADOHE membership.

 

For questions or interests in helping review nominations, please contact Karina Ogunlana, TADOHE Emerging Leaders Chair, at kyo3@txstate.edu

 

 

TADOHE Emerging Leaders Spotlight Awards Criteria

The “TADOHE Emerging Leaders Spotlight Award” recognizes college students and college-going community leaders who are engaged on their campuses and in Texas communities in activism, organizing, and community-based reform efforts focusing on such issues of racial justice, policing, immigrant rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, environmental issues, disability rights, etc.  The individuals selected for this award will have demonstrated either traditional or non-traditional leadership through their commitment to justice. The nominees serve as models and agents of change within their student bodies or communities. Recommenders must include two specific examples of how the student meets the stated criteria. Nominations are now open and will remain open until Friday, May 7, 2021. Please note self-nominations will also be accepted.

  • Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams

    • The “Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams” award recognizes a student leader who is thriving in their authenticity and bringing joy to their organization or community. This individual balances life, chosen family, mental health, and academics by loving those around them. This individual inspires their peers to live life to the fullest because they are their ancestor’s wildest dreams.

    • Recommenders must include two examples of the individual’s efforts to showcase love for themselves and others as well as the importance of mental health.

  • Emerging Leader of the Year

    • The “Emerging Leader of the Year” award recognizes a student leader who most noticeably demonstrates initiative, motivation, and potential for continued leadership within their community or organization.

    • Recommenders must include two examples of how the individual has demonstrated maturity, passion, and dedication to their community or organization.

  • Most Involved Leader

    • The “Most Involved Leader” award recognizes a student leader whom publicly shows involvement in college events aimed at justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This individual inspires other students to become better leaders so that their campus and/or community is a more inclusive environment.

    • Recommenders must include two examples of the individual’s efforts to support college events and to inspire their peers.

  • Exceptional Student Leader

    • The “Exceptional Student Leader award” recognizes a student who has had a positive influence on the student body and made an exceptional contribution to the community. This individual goes above and beyond to reach new students, program events, and make their campus more inclusive.

    • Recommenders must include two descriptions of innovative ideas and how the individual has responded to the needs of their community.

  • Unsung leader

    • The “Unsung Leader” award recognizes a student leader who isn’t always recognized for their amazing contribution to their organization or community. This individual is humble, works hard behind the scenes, and inspires individuals to become better leaders so that their campus and/or community is a more inclusive environment.

    • Recommenders must include two examples of the individual’s efforts to contribute to the mission and vision of their organization or community.