Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award


This award acknowledges and recognizes an individual, group or company that has made exceptional contributions by developing or revising a Diversity & Inclusion (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 Diversity & Inclusion training program to promote a better understanding of all people who not only reside in Licking County but around the world.

The award is presented at the annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference each year.

Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Criteria
Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Nomination Form

Award Recipients


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.