Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award


The Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award (D&I Champion Award) acknowledges an individual, group or company that has made exceptional diversity and inclusion contributions in Licking County. These contributions include developing or revising a diversity and inclusion program, creating awareness of cultural and social events, proactively seeking to diversify employee demographics, or establishing diversity and inclusion training programs. The award recipients promote a better understanding — not only of people who live in Licking County — but of people around the world.

The Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award recipient will be recognized at the Community Intercultural Relations Conference (CIRC) and presented with a personalized plaque by the CIRC Committee.

Nominations are now closed.

Award Categories

There are three award categories for the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award:

  • Individual
  • Community Group or Organization
  • Business

To be considered for the D&I Champion Award, nominees must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A nomination must include at least one letter of support outlining the nominee’s accomplishments. This letter can be submitted digitally with the online nomination form, or mailed separately to Vorley Taylor, CIRC committee chair.
  • The nominator shall clearly demonstrate efforts without which the contributions would not have been made or accomplished.
  • The individual, community group or organization, or business must be a resident of or located in Licking County.
  • The contribution must have been made by Jan. 30.
  • Nomination form, letter and all supplemental materials for consideration must be submitted by the deadline below.
Optional Support Materials

Supplemental materials are additional support for the nomination. Materials to be included but not limited to nominee’s letter, client’s letter, data collection, press releases, brochures, posters, designs guidelines, or fact sheet. If your nomination is in reference to a plan, please be sure to include a copy of the Diversity & Inclusion plan.

Method of Selecting Award Recipient

The CIRC Committee reviews and selects candidates from the list of nominees for the award and submits to the committee chair for final approval.

Nomination Deadline

March 1, 2024

Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted using the online nomination form or by mail. Letters of support and additional supplemental materials can be mailed to the following address:

Ohio State Newark/COTC
Attn Brianna Johnson
1179 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055

Award Recipients


Licking Heights South Elementary Student Diversity Council 


Diane Kanney, Director of Enrollment at Ohio State Newark

Diane Kanney holding her award stands in line with her colleagues and CIRC members.


Carmen Lewandowski, Newark High School student and vice president of the Licking County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Carmen Lewandowski holding her award stands with her parents and CIRC members.

 Community Alliance for Racial Justice (CARJ)

Carmen Lewandowski holding the award on behalf of CARJ.

Licking Memorial Health Systems Project SEARCH

Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities representatives, Licking Memorials Health Systems  representatives and CIRC members stand in a line.