Nominations Sought for Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award


The Community Intercultural Relations Committee is accepting nominations for the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. This award recognizes individuals and businesses from Licking County for implementing, improving or supporting diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives. Nominations will be accepted through March 1.

The Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award will be presented to one individual, mid-size business and large corporation. The recipients will be selected for making exceptional contributions to D&I initiatives as evidenced by developing or revising a D&I program for creating awareness of cultural and social events, proactively seeking to diversify employee demographics, seeking diverse environments by highlighting a company’s promotion materials, or establishing a D&I training program to promote a better understanding of all people who not only reside in Licking County but around the world.

Submit a Nomination

A nomination packet must be submitted online or in the mail:

Each packet includes a nomination form and at least one letter of support. Up to five letters of support are accepted. Supplemental materials that support the nomination may also be included, but are not required. This includes nominee’s letters, client’s letters, data collection, press releases, brochures, posters, designs, guidelines, or a copy of the diversity and inclusion plan, if applicable.

Nomination packets must be received by March 1.

Community Intercultural Relations Conference

The Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award will be presented at the 13th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference on April 8. The virtual conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Creating Inclusive Spaces” and guest speakers are Simone Crawley, founder and CEO of Crawley Cultural; Sarah Buffie, MSW, LSW, founding director of Soul Bird Consulting; and Leo Taylor, PhD, program manager for faculty and staff affairs at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Registration is $30 and available at

The Community Intercultural Relations Conference is sponsored by:

  • Hosts: Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark
  • Gold: Boeing, Licking Memorial Health Systems
  • Silver: Park National Bank
  • Bronze: Denison, United Way of Licking County
About the Community Intercultural Relations Committee

The committee consists of business leaders, educators, students and local residents of Licking County. It has a minimum of seven community members (at least one staff/faculty member and one student member from COTC and Ohio State Newark). While serving on the committee, Ohio State Newark and COTC members give insight as to how college students are being treated as they engage in local activities.

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.