Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Nominations Sought


The Community Intercultural Relations Committee at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) seeks nominations for the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. The award recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals who have made exceptional contributions toward advancing diversity and inclusion in Licking County. These contributions may include but are not limited to developing diversity and inclusion programs, initiatives to grow awareness of other cultures or diversify an organization’s workforce or diversity training programs. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15.

Submit a Nomination

Each nomination should include at least one, but at most five, letters of support, and the nominator should include their contact information. Supporting supplemental materials may also be submitted, but they are not required. These materials could include press releases, brochures, posters, design guidelines or a fact sheet. If your nomination is for a diversity and inclusion plan, please submit a copy of the plan.

Submit nominations online or by mail at:

  • Online: go.osu.edu/inclusionaward
  • By mail: Ohio State Newark/COTC, Attn: Vorley Taylor, 1179 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055
Community Intercultural Relations Conference

The Community Intercultural Relations Committee, comprised of business leaders, educators, students and residents of Licking County, will select the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award recipients. At the 14th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference on April 14, an award presentation will take place to recognize the winners’ contributions to diversity and inclusion in Licking County. Attendees may attend virtually or in person at the John Gilbert Reese Center on the Newark campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme of this year’s conference is Stronger Organizations, Stronger Communities: Engaging People with Diverse Backgrounds,” and the agenda will feature expert speakers and engaging group conversations. 

Registration is $30 and available at go.osu.edu/interculturalrelations

About the Community Intercultural Relations Committee

To raise awareness of social and cultural similarities and build a more inclusive community, COTC and Ohio State Newark established the Community Intercultural Relations Committee. The committee consists of a minimum of seven community members, including at least one staff/faculty member and one student from Ohio State Newark and COTC. While serving on the committee, Ohio State Newark and COTC members provide insight to community members about diverse student experiences and interactions as they engage with the local community. The goal is for these insights to help Licking County progress toward a more welcoming and inclusive community for all people.


COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC has four campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.