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.

Award Categories

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

  • Individual
  • Community Group or Organization


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 Feb. 15 deadline.

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.

Community Intercultural Relations Conference Committee Membership

The committee consists of business leaders, educators, students and residents of Licking County. A minimum of seven community members, including at least one staff/faculty member and one student from Ohio State Newark and COTC.

Nomination Deadline

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 Vorley Taylor, CIRC Chair 
1179 University Drive 
Newark, Ohio 43055

Submit your nomination online.

Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Recipients

Diane Kanney, 2021 winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award

2021 Recipient

Diane Kanney, Director of Enrollment at Ohio State Newark

2020 Recipients

Carmen Lewandowski

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

Carmen Lewandowski and parents receiving the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award
Representative of the Community Alliance for Racial Justice (CARJ) holding Diversity & Inclusion award

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Members of the Licking County board of Developmental Disabilities accepting D&I award